“And bring me more grapes while you’re at it!”

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Last night (or early this morning as it were) I wrote a little at Michelle’s place about the breakdown of the Obama/Boehner debt ceiling talks.

If you saw the president’s hastily constructed press conference, it was classic Obama: Scaring the old and the poor as well as predicting a market panic on Monday. Just the kind of things all responsible Chief Executives do, right?

What happened was this — actually, the Republicans caved a little. Boehner offered Obama $800 billion in tax increases (revenue through “overhauling the tax code”) and an increase in the debt ceiling provided there were at least matching cuts, but Obama wanted $400 billion more in tax increases — that is on top of the $800 billion the Republicans offered.

Now Obama can go back and try to explain to his base and liberal leadership why he turned down $800 billion in tax increases. He wanted more because the “Gang of Six” plan called for over $1 trillion in tax increases and Obama wanted to align himself with that proposal. You’ll notice that Obama is being very careful not to have his own fingerprints on any of this.

The odds now are that the Republicans will return to their original “no increases at all” position and stay there for the foreseeable future. Obama was his own worst enemy on this deal, and the Democrats in Congress are probably happy Boehner wants to remove him from the negotiating loop, though they’d never have the balls to admit that.

At Obama’s press conference, he “summoned” leaders to the White House today. As Charles Krauthammer points out below, Congress and the Executive branch are co-equal. Obama can “summon” nobody. A leader “summoning” other members of government is banana republic stuff — and I wish Boehner would loudly point that out:

Update: The “summoning” ended after less than an hour.

(h/t HAP)

Comments

7 Responses to “Obama ‘Summons’ Congressional Leaders to White House”

  1. Joe Redfield on July 23rd, 2011 2:24 pm

    Next up: the President summons the Imps of Hell to punish conservatives in the House who refuse to help him perform another jobectomy on the economy.

  2. erin on July 23rd, 2011 2:35 pm

    There is some misinformation in this article. republicans did not cave. we need to learn what republicans mean about revenue and what dems need about revenue. both parties are different in these matters. boehner said he did not want to raise taxes. here is an article from keith hennesey who knows what he is talking about. the media is spinning this obamas way and put out false stories and the las angels times is a liberal paper in the hip pocket of obama so don;t believe what they write and they goes for new york times, washington post, politico, hill and many others because they are doing the bidding for obama and they will make up stories to get them to that. here is the article written by keith hennesey:Why the Obama-Boehner talks fell apar thttp://keithhennessey.com/2011/07/23/why-talks-fell-apart/

  3. Doug on July 23rd, 2011 2:46 pm

    Which part's misleading? The Republicans were going to agree to a plan that would have brought in $800 billion more in tax revenue that didn't revolve around predicting an expanded taxpayer base — if we can't classify that as a tax increase I wouldn't know what else to call it. We could say "reform in the tax code" instead of "tax increases" and sound like liberals I suppose.

  4. SignPainterGuy on July 23rd, 2011 3:29 pm

    For a "Constitutional scholar", Oblunder sure isn`t much of a scholar. He skirts the rules at every opportunity.

    He has proposed giving Egypt Abrams main battle tanks. That would be very bad for Israel. Can we please impeach Obama now ? I`ll put up with Sheriff Joe for the remainder of the term !

  5. cdl on July 23rd, 2011 3:54 pm

    If the RE-publicans stand their ground I'll be shocked. We'll see in a few days, I guess.

  6. Daily Dive 23 July 11 | adeliemanchot on July 23rd, 2011 6:54 pm

    [...] Obama ‘Summons’ Congressional Leaders to White House The odds now are that the Republicans will return to their original “no increases at all” position and stay there for the foreseeable future. Obama was his own worst enemy on this deal, and the Democrats in Congress are probably happy Boehner wants to remove him from the negotiating loop, though they’d never have the balls to admit that. [...]

  7. OK_Loyalist on July 23rd, 2011 7:18 pm

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