Kinda, Sorta, Real Time Thoughts on Meet the Press (January 6, 2013)

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Happy New Year!  And, yes we’ve been talking too much about the fiscal cliff/slope/incline. The rest of the world is full-up with stories that we might discuss, but NOOOOOO! Fiscal cliff. And now, the debt-ceiling. Oy!

Ezra Klein is right—and common cause dictates it: the Republicans can’t hold the global economy hostage for their short-term politicking.  There’s plenty of time for that.

Senate Minority Leader Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is here to talk about the GOP’s view of whatever strategy passes for any argument whatsoever for not increasing the debt-ceiling, no questions asked.  There’s no question that the debt ceiling increase should not be used as a bargaining chip. And there’s no doubt that Pres. Obama is right that it makes no sense to trade politics for economic catastrophe.

In August 2011 Mitch McConnell said that holding the debt ceiling increase hostage against default was worthwhile. It is the same case now.

Sen. McConnell is eliding the point that David Gregory wants to make: are the Republicans holding the global economy hostage? Yes or no?

McConnell only playing out tried out GOP talking points. That the biggest problem confronting our country is spending. Will the president lead? Why should the GOP have to force the president to the bargaining table.

To that Gregory is pointing out that the president had put out on offer entitlement cuts in 2011. Why wasn’t that good enough then.

To that, Sen. McConnell is saying that its unfortunate that the president needs to be dragged to the bargaining table kicking and screaming. (Ooooo, unfortunate choice of words. A huge history of racism notwithstanding, I’m pretty sure we don’t want to speak of any president, Pres. Obama or otherwise, as one who would be dragged to do anything.)

To the reminder that Pres. Obama has put out entitlement cuts and that none of it was good enough for Republicans in Congress, Sen. McConnell just lost his shit. He’s outwardly, evidently, angry.

Sen. McConnell is right that our entitlement programs are not squaring up against demographic trends.  But, how’s this to be the case, credibly so, when the GOP is setting up to put on the table economic catastrophe. (Not necessarily because the markets will collapse, but because this will be the last and final sign that Congress is only interested in partisanship.)

Wait, did Sen. McConnell just say that Grover Norquist says that what the GOP helped do a few days ago was NOT a tax raise. (I mean I read that Norquist had said just such a thing. But my interest in posing that rhetorical question is that McConnell martialed Norquist’s bull-shit assertion to cover his own old man ass.)

On, Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon? He won’t have an easy confirmation. On guns? Given Sandy Hook? Nothing.

Former Sen. Alan Simpson and Former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles will be here.

News flash: they’re gonna say this deal that was struck this past week is meaningless, silly, impotent and chump change.

E.J. Dionne, Newt Gingrich, Congressman Xavier Becerra, Carly Fiorina (who looks kinda bad. Just bad. Too much make-up; too much into the whole trying to look like a 28 year old woman.) and the newly elected Senator from Maine, Angus King.

Everyone is shitting on the deal just reached. E.J. Dionne is saying the only smart thing that anyone’s said so far. Let’s not talk about the budget like we’re accountants. Sure, there are lots of issues that he’s not comfortable with in this deal but let’s try to moderate the spending and revenue issues so that we can make our politics a program that addresses real lives.

Holy shit: I just agreed with Newt Gingrich. He just said that the debt-ceiling fight is a loser for Republicans. They’re better off fighting that fight at later stages when the markets won’t cave in on the GOP.

E.J. Dionne just agreed with Newt Gingrich. Holy shit.

Newt Gingrich is saying that the Republicans should put up a fight with the Continuing Resolution and on the Sequester. To play Russian Roulette with the global economy is not the right move for the GOP.

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~ by Faheem Haider on January 13, 2013.

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