This is beyond chutzpah.
When House Speaker John Boehner announced that he was pulling out of debt negotiations, the president (in a press conference) said that he had “not seen the capacity for the House Republicans in particular to make those tough decisions“.*
Wow, just wow. This coming from a man who has not yet put forward his plan. The Republican House has — and with bipartisan support. And they made the kind of tough decisions they didn’t please everyone. No sooner has the House passed the bill, then the Democratic National Committee chair attacked one of her congressional colleagues for his vote, saying it would “increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries.”
This from a woman who, like the president, refuses to commit to a specific proposal.
“I’m not sure,” writes Bryan Preston (also via Jill*),
I’ve ever had less respect for the person occupying the Oval Office than I do, watching Obama’s comments right now.
His party had total control for the first two years of his presidency, and he and the Democrats squandered that time pushing ObamaCare and running up the debt.
Preston also reports that when asked, “What’s your plan?” he dodged the question. Do hope some editorialists in the MSM take him to task for failing to provide a plan. But, do not fret, do not fear, Michelle Malkin does just that:
Some are reporting this as “Boehner walks away” in order to make Boehner look like the unreasonable villain, but in reality Obama and the Democrats haven’t yet put anything on the table, so they’re the only ones who have been doing the walking. The Democrats so far have offered the Republicans nothing from which to walk away, and clearly don’t want their fingerprints on any deal.
Exactly. Jazz Shaw elaborates, showing that the president has no intention to change course, but will continue instead to pass the buck:
The president looked in an absolute snit when he took to the podium. It’s difficult to imagine that this was carefully prepared text. His “solution” at this point is to call congressional leaders back to the talks in the morning and toss it into their laps.
Read the whole thing. He’s got a lot of commentary.
*Via Jill at Pundit & Pundette who have also included Boehner’s statement; seems the Ohio Republican is standing firm against tax hikes.)
NB: Changed the title right after posting this.