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How badly does Obama want to get reelected?

How badly does Obama want to get reelected?

So badly that he still claims to be willing to veto any debt bill which does not extend the debt limit beyond the 2012 elections:

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he is working on a plan to raise the debt limit by $2.7 trillion, coupled with an equal reduction in projected future spending. In a concession to Republicans, he said that plan would not include tax increases, but that the new debt level would last through the 2012 elections.

That date has become a critical marker for Democrats — so much so that President Obama’s advisers said he would veto any bill that doesn’t last that long.

“It must be extended in a way that gives certainty to economy through ‘13 and not some short-term gimmick, where we’re right back in this fix in six or eight months,” White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program Sunday.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Rubin reports:

A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.”

He’s boxed himself into a corner. Either he is the person standing in the way of a debt ceiling hike for political reasons, or he has to deal with the issue for the next year when he would rather be talking about other issues.

That’s what happens when you don’t get ahead of issues, make a social agenda a top priority, and take categorical positions which cannot be sustained.


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Obama did say “no” to a truly bipartisan debt ceiling plan, which is proof Obama has never been negotiating in good faith. Once this is understood, the remainder of this Kabuki Theater production is easy to follow.

There is plenty of pressure on the House from the GOP establishment to cave too. Just tune into Fox these days. Let’s hope Boehner holds with CC&B. A short-term deal means that our credit rating will be cut but so long as the one-party establishment insists on funding and perpetuating out-of-control big government, a short-term deal with no tax increases that keeps the CC&B issues front and center is the best we can do.

If the establishment believes that this will hurt conservatives next year, let’s find out. I don’t buy that and that is what is sending the GOP elites into apoplexy. They are about to lose control of their party by failing to destroy us conservatives. In the stock market, a trend is your friend. The GOP is fighting a trend that will soon be described as a revolution.

Stop chasing everyone else’s plan, and hold the line on our plan. We only need 4 more votes on CCB … I know Charles Schumer wants a default, but they still haven’t passed a plan.

Draft a temporary plan with no tricks, gimmicks, or other bad stuff, and pass that as a fallback in case the Dems pass something at the last minute in the Senate. Declare it DOA, and give them a choice.

CCB, or real cuts, small raise and revisit again shortly.

They don’t want either one, but stick to our guns. Or as Redstate says, “Hold the freaking line”.

But our weak-willed leaders will cut-and-run …

Midwest Rhino | July 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

Obamacare and the partisan drunken spending binge are not even on the table for Obama. Only grandma’s medicine and our currency can be sacrificed on Obama’s alter ego.

And remember that Obamacare itself is backloaded to mostly explode AFTER Barry’s (hoped for)reelection in 2012. He wants the spending buzz now, but the national hangover is postponed till 2013. But his drunk chickens may be coming home to roost a little early. (Are mixed metaphors allowed here? lol)

i just get the feeling that reid et al are starting to turn on the one.

    Steve Wynn is important to Reid in Nevada. He can feel the ground crumbling beneath his feet.

      great catch.

      he loses reid the senate crumbles. i wonder when reid will figure out that obama needs reid more than reid needs obama?

      that is, unless obama starts bypassing congress entirely….

They need to turn on him. 33 senators are up for re-election next year. Obama had no problem letting congressmen go down the tube in 2010. Why would they think he would care in 2012?

How badly does the poseur in the WH want re-election? So badly that he’s willing to let the country go down the toilet to get it. I’ll never understand the mindset that raising the debt to astronomical numbers and raising taxes is considered a winning platform. I guess they plan to blame the republicans for it all in 2012.

“While officials from the Obama Administration raised their rhetoric over the weekend about the possibility of a debt default if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, they privately have been telling top executives at major U.S. banks that such an event won’t happen, FOX Business has learned.

In a series of phone calls, administration officials have told bankers that the administration will not allow a default to happen even if the debt cap isn’t raised by the August 2

Fox Business

Obama: I’d Like ‘to Bypass Congress and Change the Rules on My Own’

“He told the National Council of La Raza, “Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you.”

National Journal

[…] Jell-O Quivers – Barack Obama Addresses The Nation Tonight In Yet Another Publicity Stunt In the debt ceiling theater of absurdities Barack Obama has two political goals: (1) appear to be in charge in order to get the credit for whatever happens; (2) get a something/anything deal that extends past election day November 2012. […]

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