From Glenn Reynolds, we learn that Responsibility for debt talks shifts to Congress, away from Obama. According to the Hill, House Speaker John Boehner . . .
. . . . told his colleagues that any deal will be a product of congressional leadership – not a compromise struck with the White House, the Republican source said, noting that “strategically not working with the president, but with the Senate could be better for him.”
Boehner was backed up by Democratic leaders Reid and Pelosi, when he said to Obama, “Mr. President, I need to deal with the House and the Senate because we [the White House and Congress] aren’t getting anywhere,” the source said.
Seems to get something done, the Ohio Republican knows he needs to get out of negotiations with the White House.
Given that the House has passed both a budget and a plan to raise the debt limit, we do know the House Speaker’s bargaining position. But, we still don’t know that of the Democratic leadership. It’s been 816 days since Harry Reid’s Senate passed a budget and that chamber still hasn’t voted on a plan to raise the debt ceiling.
Do wonder if any members of MSM will ask any Democrats this weekend in various talk shows to spell out their plan to raise the debt limit. And not like Wolf Blitzer did in querying the DNC Chair, offering her various hypotheticals without challenging her to offer specifics, but instead to point to the specific plans they’ve put forward and on which they’re ready to vote.
Seem the GOP already has another debt ceiling plan on tap.