The GOP has President Obama's shoulders pinned against the wall. He will have to make a choice between making Social Security payments to seniors... or funding his bloated legions of $150,000/year paper-pushers. And because he realizes that his back is against the wall, tempers are running high:
• President Obama abruptly walks out of talks: "President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of a stormy debt-limit meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, a dramatic setback to the already shaky negotiations, according to GOP sources... 'He shoved back and said ‘I’ll see you tomorrow’ and walked out,' House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters... On a day when the Moody’s rating agency warned that American debt could be downgraded, the White House talks blew up amid a new round of sniping between Obama and Cantor, who are fast becoming bitter enemies."
• Much Needed Straight Talk from Rep. Walsh: Quit Lying, Mr. President: "Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL)... reminds Obama and fellow Republicans why people like himself were elected to Congress. While everyone is focused on the fight over tax increases, many Republicans are forgetting that the $2, $3, or even $4 trillion in supposed spending cuts are nothing but unverifiable accounting gimmicks that are based upon some contrived baseline. Even if they would represent real cuts, the $4 trillion in deficit reduction would only extirpate $400 billion annually from a $1.4-1.6 trillion yearly deficit."
• DNC chairwoman: Republicans acting almost like 'spoiled children' on debt ceiling: "The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Republicans have been acting like 'spoiled children' in negotiations to raise the debt ceiling... 'We demonstrated that we're willing to put all our sacred cows on the table and the Republicans are simply not willing to do anything but sit on their hands and cross their arms like spoiled children almost. That's just not responsible,' Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Wednesday on MSNBC... [she] also rejected the idea that some Democrats were 'rebelling' against President Obama for wanting to include cuts to Social Security and Medicare as part of a possible debt ceiling increase deal."
• Obama warns Cantor: 'Don't call my bluff' in debt-limit talks: "Republicans said tense negotiations over raising the $14.3 trillion debt limit at the White House ended when President Obama stormed out of the meeting with a stern warning to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.): 'Don’t call my bluff.'"
Call his bluff.
After all: how do you negotiate with a charismatic demagogue who simply can't tell the truth?
Answer: you can't.
Don't fold, Republicans. Let Obama make the choice. Everyone knows that if he willfully stiffs Social Security recipients it will be to keep his public sector union bureaucrats fat and happy.
Let's see how the electorate reacts to that maneuver.
Hat tip: Memeorandum.