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  •  Interestingly, those comments by Plouffe (4+ / 0-)
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    midwesterner, 3goldens, chuckvw, Creosote

    are contradicted by Obama's comment, less than a week ago, responding to reports that the GOP were going to go for a 3 month extension:

    "I'm not going to have a monthly or every-three-months conversation about whether or not we pay our bills," Obama said. "Because that in and of itself does severe damage. Even the threat of default hurts our economy. It's hurting our economy as we speak. We shouldn't be having that debate."
    So to answer your question, "No. This isn't what we've really wanted all along.  What we really want is for Congress to quit using threats to get what they can't get otherwise."  

     Just because the WH makes a statement doesn't mean it's consistent with their other statements or that it makes good strategic sense.  When you compare the blockquotes in our two posts, the juxtaposition only makes Obama look like he's backtracking from a duel with the house, using Plouffe as his second.

    Also note that this extension was made following the GOP strategy retreat last week where (same link as above):

    At one of the closed door sessions at the retreat, rank and file members viewed a slide show that highlighted how one of the last major deficit reduction packages – known as Gramm-Rudman – was preceded by a series of short term extensions in the debt ceiling.

    Fleming said many conservatives backed the idea.

    "I think we're all pretty much on board," Fleming (R-LA) said, and noted that impetus behind it was to keep the pressure on for reaching a broader deal to cut spending.

    When you said "Isn't this really what we wanted all along," I'm left wondering who the "we" is?

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

    by nailbender on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:23:21 AM PST

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