Tomorrow’s headline, as written by the Tea Party, would be, “Congress Saves Economy; President Signs On.”
As their bunch crowds the White House out of the driver’s seat on debt-ceiling negotiations, the Sunday talk shows are dominated by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Chief of Staff William Daley insisting that Barack Obama is still in the game, not only standing by to veto any loony compromise but still taking an active part in the talks.
This spectacle of John Boehner presiding over a national crisis should be enough to make political pundits wonder if they owe Rep.Sheila Jackson Lee an apology for ridiculing her when she suggested there was racism in the way the GOP is treating the President during the crisis.
If Republican disdain for Obama has not reached that level, they are showing unprecedented disrespect for the man Mitch McConnell has vowed to make “a one-term president.” By trying to take the reins during a potential national calamity that they themselves have created, they want to make him a half-term president in the eyes of anxious voters.
Whatever happens by the end of the day, it’s clear that these clowns are attempting a clumsy coup, trying to replace Presidential authority with that of a “Super Congress.”
Like greedy children, Tea Party members can’t wait until next November for their ice cream and cake. If the nation has any luck, it will all have melted by then.
Update: President Boehner is being magnanimous. "It may be pretty hard to put Humpty Dumpty back together again,” he tells Fox News, “but my last offer is still out there. I have never taken my last offer off the table," a proposal neither the Senate nor the White House will accept.
Talk about delusions of adequacy!