In its role (since it bought out the Huffington Post) as the leading internet service company flacking for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party, AOL led its home page early this morning blaming House Speaker John Boehner for the breakdown in budget talks in negotiations over the debt limit; “John Boehner,” Ryan Grim grimly informs us, “Rejects Obama’s Grand Bargain On Debt Ceiling.”
What Ryan Grim didn’t tell us was whether the president offered details of the specific cuts in his supposed “grand bargain.” Recall the Democrat’s ballyhooed April 13 speech on the budget where he also proposed cutting federal spending.
He, however, offered no plan which would make those noble sentiments a reality. So devoid was the plan of detail that the Democrat-appointed head of the Congressional Budget Office couldn’t score it. “We don’t estimate speeches,” Doug Elmendorf said, “We need much more specificity than was provided in that speech for us to do our analysis.”
Grim, in the text of his article seemed to be right on message, offering a nice summary of the Democratic talking points in his article presented as news, “It’s no small irony that the party’s dogmatic opposition to tax increases is costing the GOP its best opportunity to roll back social programs it has long targeted.” In the update, he featured quotes from the White House Communications Director, the Senate Democratic leader and a Democratic Senator from New York. (Save from a quote from Boehner and a “Republican official” in the article, he offered no further quotes from Republicans.)