Who Is The Dope?

Larry O’ thinks Barry O is playing the long game, pulling the “ultimate Rope-A-Dope” on the GOP over the debt ceiling. I are crappy blogist and don’t know how to embed MSNBC shits (I think I need my own hosting or something?) so click this. O’Donnell says that Obama’s big thing here is getting Boehner to cop to the necessity of raising the debt ceiling. I’d love for O’D to be right, but it’s a helluva long walk to get back to square one. If getting Boehner to admit the debt limit must be raised is the big victory, then color me underwhelmed.

Here’s Boehner in November 2010:

“I’ve made it pretty clear to [my caucus] that as we get into next year, it’s pretty clear that Congress is going to have to deal with [the debt limit]. We’re going to have to deal with it as adults. Whether we like it or not, the federal government has obligations and we have obligations on our part.”

And here’s Boehner in December 2010:

“We’ll have to find a way to help educate members and help people understand the serious problem that would exist if we didn’t do it.”

Here’s Boehner in January 2011:

“[A debt-ceiling default] would be a financial disaster, not only for us, but for the worldwide economy. I don’t think it’s a question that’s even on the table.”

Steve Benen, Washington Monthly

Allegedly the big deal here is that in the meantime Obama has showed that the GOP is immature, unserious, tax-obsessed and doesn’t actually care about deficit reduction; that’s all true, as far as that goes, but I think that’s more of a topic for Politico or The Hill. People I talk to don’t care which party is more adult, they care which party gives them a fucking job and on the subject of dinner-table talk this President is now the guy who put Social Security and Medicare on the table. If Obama and his advisors really think that some Beltway meta-story about who is the adult in the room is going to overpower an actual story about the President offering to sell off the remnants of the safety net then I suspect they’re outsmarting themselves.

Or they may just be assholes; there’s always the possibility that we’re the Dopes. Am I supposed to pretend that distracting his sycophants with some hypothetical about brilliant 1,384th-dimensional chess moves while fucking the country in the ass behind closed doors is something I put this President above? Because I’m a bad liar and an even worse actor.

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