This may have been the President's strategy all along: Take the debt-limit talks behind closed doors, make major spending cuts seem possible in the early days, but then hammer Republicans publicly as the deadline nears for refusing to raise taxes on business and "the rich."Read the whole thing. It's an effort to explain that McConnell is not "selling out Republicans."
This would explain the President's newly discovered fondness for press conferences, which he has rarely held but now rolls out before negotiating sessions. It would also explain why Mr. Obama's tax demands have escalated as the August 2 deadline nears. Yesterday he played the Grandma Card, telling CBS that seniors may not get their August retirement checks. Next he'll send home the food inspectors and stop paying the troops.
July 13, 2011
"We've never thought the debt ceiling was the best leverage for a showdown over the entitlement state..."
"... and now it looks like Mr. Obama is trying to use it as a way to blame the GOP for the lousy economy," says the Wall Street Journal: