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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:02 PM

Karl Rove accidentally unmasks the GOPís debt ceiling ruse


Karl Rove accidentally unmasks the GOPís debt ceiling ruse

Posted by Greg Sargent on January 10, 2013 at 11:47 am


I know youíre tired of hearing that the Republicansí position on the debt ceiling is incoherent and that their claims of leverage are greatly exaggerated. But now we have none other than Karl Rove confirming all of this for us.

Roveís latest column rips into Obama for supposedly mischaracterizing the GOP position on the debt limit. He quotes Obama saying: ďWe canít not pay bills that weíve already incurred.Ē And hereís how Rove responds to Obama:

The experience didnít leave Mr. Obama with greater humility. Instead, this New Yearís Day he tartly said, ďWe canít not pay bills that weíve already incurred.Ē Who is suggesting we donít? Not House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, or any other Republican leader. Quite the opposite. They want to cover the cost of the existing debt while cutting spending to prevent a fiscal catastrophe.

Mr. Obamaís use of straw-man arguments to misrepresent the GOPís position became tiresome long ago. He does this in part because he can get away with it, thanks to a compliant press corps. His reliance on the tactic may also spring from his recognition that he has a weak case and cannot win the argument otherwise.

Who is suggesting we donít pay our debts? Not Boehner, McConnell, or any other GOP leaders.

There you have it. Rove acknowledges flat out that Boehner, McConnell, and other Republican leaders do recognize that they will have to raise the debt ceiling. They just, you know, want to raise it while reaching a broader deal to cut spending. The game here is absurdly transparent: You mustnít claim Republicans are crazy enough to destroy the economy to get their way, because they donít want to do that at all ó but you still must play along with the idea that the need to raise the debt ceiling (which they acknowledge must happen) still somehow gives them leverage to get the cuts they want.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/10/karl-rove-accidentally-unmasks-the-gops-debt-ceiling-ruse/

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Reply Karl Rove accidentally unmasks the GOPís debt ceiling ruse (Original post)
babylonsister Jan 2013 OP
NYtoBush-Drop Dead Jan 2013 #1
libodem Jan 2013 #11
NYtoBush-Drop Dead Jan 2013 #12
CJCRANE Jan 2013 #2
Guy Whitey Corngood Jan 2013 #3
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #4
malaise Jan 2013 #5
Rozlee Jan 2013 #6
pacalo Jan 2013 #7
steve2470 Jan 2013 #8
pacalo Jan 2013 #10
samsingh Jan 2013 #9

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:07 PM

1. You, MR. Rove...

And I use Mr., lightly.. are the one in need of humility. After stealing millions from your corporate koch $.U(king minions, one would think you are in need of humility. You lost. Now get lost. You've been elected to nothing. Except perhaps King Bloviator at Fox. What are the lies you tell yourself in order to sleep at night?

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Response to NYtoBush-Drop Dead (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:53 PM

11. He can

Go bloviate himself.

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Response to libodem (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:10 PM

12. HYSTERICAL!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:23 PM

2. After the Repubs' bluff and double bluff...

do they or anyone else really know what they stand for?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:25 PM

3. Did he just call him uppity again?! There is no one I'd rather cock punch than that pasty faced

doughy fuck.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:38 PM

4. LMSP kicking...n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:42 PM

5. Why doesn't that loser STFU and go away

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:47 PM

6. So he finally came out from under his rock again.

Isn't there some kind of bounty on his head for blowing 400 million contributor dollars on losing candidates? Fixed News sure dropped him like he was radioactive. I was hoping he'd be too busy hiding in the Witness Protection Program to show his face again.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:31 PM

7. The turdblossom with the cotton candy hairdo says Obama "tartly" addressed congress!




*** TARTLY ***


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Response to pacalo (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:34 PM

8. or, " in an uppity manner " if he was really honest

racists

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:52 PM

10. No doubt, steve.

He & his murderous, Treasury-depleting Nixons-on-steroids cabal should all be in federal prison.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:54 PM

9. rove has no credibility

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