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“Call his bluff” is the new “Yes we can”

“Call his bluff” is the new “Yes we can”

“It was not the fault of the Captain of the Titanic.”

Really?  I think the survivors might disagree. 

Which is why Obama will not call his own bluff.

Ever since Obama offered that challenge to Eric Cantor, the chorus of people calling for Obama’s bluff to be called is growing.  Which, of course, is exactly the opposite of what Obama hoped to accomplish by telling people not to call his bluff.

Please note, I was in favor of calling his bluff before he was in favor of not calling his bluff.

“Call his bluff” is the new “Yes we can.”


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It’s such an odd comment to start with. By admitting it’s a bluff, you’ve essentially called your own bluff.

BTW, what’s the difference between bluffing and lying? And what rhymes with it?

1. Knowing little about negotiating, on this matter I defer to people whose judgment I respect.

2. The danger, of course, is that we could wind up worse off than had either side completely caved to the other.

DINORightMarie | July 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

I think they’re hearing it. Loud and clear. Via Twitter, Facebook, email, phone calls. You name it. Oh, and of course on the radio and Conservative blogs.

But will they have the cojones to do it? That is the $2.5T question. Or should I say default question? (sorry, I couldn’t resist) 😉

No blinking, no folding, no flinching, no caving. Hold that line!

Call his bluff!

dorsaighost | July 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

One thing lost in this “debate” is the fact that Obama is asking for an increase of 2.5 trillion … that would be the largest debt ceiling increase in the last 30 years in both dollars and as a percentage increase …

I think Tapscott pulled down the house of cards with his simple question about which is worse, A Default or Obama having to debate this agin in 2012 …

“Call his bluff” is the new “Yes we can.”

By George, I like it. Downright catchy. Could we get someone to print bumper stickers?

The time has come not to make the tough decisions, that’s long past but to take action and live with the consequences if they’re wrong.

The Rino Party would free itself from the re-election trap( of only making decisions to get re-elected)and become the Party brave enough and courageous enough to take a honest position, even if it makes a humble mistake, to tackle the problems with new methods.

If the worst outcome is a humble mistake then it would be the greatest outcome, by way that it’s taking the country’s decision making processes to a higher level for all of us.

We are sunk if we don’t pray for help and do something new.

    JayDick in reply to Ma Kettle. | July 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    One of the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling will be that Obama will get reelected in 2012. When people stop getting checks they were counting on, Obama will blame Republicans; with help from the press, he will be successful. He will also blame Republicans for a weak economy between now and election, successfully.

    At this point, it is certain that bad things are going to happen. The only open questions are which bad things and who gets the blame. Republicans main objective at this point should be to make sure that Obama gets the blame. McConnell’s plan is one way to do that.

      Milhouse in reply to JayDick. | July 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      It’s odd that when Reagan shut down the government rather than sign the budget Congress gave him, it was his fault, but when Clinton did the same it was Congress’s fault. Now 0bama has spent and borrowed his way up to the limit of authorised debt, which was raised in 2006 over his protest, and somehow that’s the Republicans’ fault?

        JayDick in reply to Milhouse. | July 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

        Of course not. But since when is truth relevant to Obama or the mainstream press? All that really counts here is perception and Obama and the press can convince enough of the public that Republicans are responsible for all the bad things that would result from not raising the debt limit plus several others that have nothing to do with the debt limit.

My worry is that there are too many indications that McConnell and Reid have already started resurrecting an iceberg to sink this ship.