As Drew at Ace of Spades wrote: “Pro tip — don’t tell people when you’re bluffing.”
Obama might be fun to play poker against, but maybe not (the best you could do is win back your own money).
When Cantor said the two sides were too far apart to get a deal that could pass the House by the Treasury Department’s Aug. 2 deadline — and that he would consider moving a short-term debt-limit increase alongside smaller spending cuts — Obama began to lecture him.
“Eric, don’t call my bluff,” the president said, warning Cantor that he would take his case “to the American people.” He told Cantor that no other president — not Ronald Reagan, the president said — would sit through such negotiations.
Of course we should consider the possibility that Obama is only bluffing about bluffing, but since Obama has accused Republicans of being the ones playing political games with the issue, he would never do such a thing. Scare the bejesus out of old people for no reason, sure, but bluff about it — never!