Boehner Again Threatens to Take the Debt Ceiling Hostage

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:25 pm

The only way this threat can work is if Obama wants it to work. The Obama team is currently trying again to revive the grand bargain. This debt ceiling hostage-taking may only “work” if Obama wants to use it as an excuse to say he was “forced” to cut a deal (he wanted anyway). It was because Obama was hoping an artificial deadline would force all sides to accept a grand bargain back in 2011 that this whole debt ceiling hostage idea was allowed to get out of control in the first place.


Hostage Taking Is an All or Nothing Game

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 8:06 am

House Republicans have a problem. They have trapped themselves in a no man’s land of political hostage taking.

In Coming Debt Ceiling Fight It May Be Hard to Believe Obama Has a Backbone

By: Friday December 14, 2012 3:42 pm

President Obama’s top pick for Secretary of State was Susan Rice. Many Republicans have been throwing a hissy fit about what she said on a Sunday talk show and now Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration. It is possible these two things are unrelated, but it definitely appears to many that Obama again folded to Republicans, even though this is a fight Democrats could have won.

This seems to feed an image about Obama that he is unwilling to really go to the mat in a fight.

Why You Don’t Negotiate for Hostages

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 12:00 pm

Once again House Speaker John Boehner is threatening to hold the debt limit hostage in exchange for another round of one dollar of spending cuts for one dollar of debt increase. From a policy perspective I consider Boehner’s ask an idiotic demand that will do real damage to the economy, but given how the last effort was rewarded, this is the right move for Boehner as a negotiator.

Late Night FDL: Get This, Eric Cantor Appeals to Republicans To Stop Taking Hostages

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 8:00 pm

So a member of the leadership in Washington is saying that Republicans should refrain from brinksmanship when it comes to the upcoming continuing resolution and the budget fight. That’s not that interesting, what is interesting is who said that, Majority Leader Eric Cantor!

Believe it or not but the oft confused Republican from Virginia sent around a memo laying out the reasons why the House Republicans should not engage in the same kind of economic and policy hostage taking they have been successful with for most of a year.

Obama Wants There to be “Hostages”

By: Friday July 8, 2011 9:15 am

The Republican’s have been so successful in their hostage taking tactics not because the GOP are amazing negotiators but due to the fact Obama wants them to have a hostages. The Obama administration is told the Republicans they are negotiating with that they don’t believe the 14th amendment grants it the authority to ignore the [...]

Sen. Kent Conrad Joins the Republican Hostage Takers

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 11:30 am

What the Hell is Sen. Kent Conrad smoking? And why it is that he won’t share (c’mon, Senator, don’t bogart that doobie!)? In today’s Washington Post Sen. Conrad enables the hostage taking of the Republican Party by saying that he does not think that the two trillion in budget cuts that the Administration is talking about is enough.

Hostage-Taking Officially Begins: GOP Senator Says He’ll Filibuster Raising the Debt Ceiling

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 4:25 pm

By threatening to filibuster the bill, Lee is basically requiring it to get at least 60 votes in the Senate, giving other Senate Republicans leverage to make more “reasonable” hostage demands.

End Government by Crisis: No More Government Shutdowns or Debt Ceiling Votes, Ever

By: Saturday March 5, 2011 10:00 am

Much of the political debate in Washington over the next year is going to be dominated by two potential pending crises: a government shutdown and a failure to raise the debt ceiling. If Congress fails to actively and regularly avert them, these crises could significantly disrupt our society, cost money and hamper the economy.

DADT’s Lesson from the White House: Take Hostages

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 6:40 am

Notee what this historic moment says about President Obama’s system of governance: that the only thing he responds to is hostage-taking.

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