Skip to comments.McCain on the Debt Limit (McCain stabs Bachmann, calls on GOP to surrender to Dems)
Posted on 07/14/2011 4:06:35 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
As rain splatters the windows of Sen. John McCains second-floor office on Capitol Hill, the 74-year-old Arizona Republican leans back, clasps his hands, and recalls the Nineties. Brinksmanship, he says, cost the party then, and it could cripple Republicans this summer especially if Rep. Michele Bachmann gets her way.
Over in the House, I am told that it is very difficult, McCain says. There are Republicans who are committed, like Michele Bachmann, to vote against raising the debt limit under any circumstances. Bachmann, he warns, is acting sort of like Senator Obama did.
Yet as poorly as Obama has handled the negotiations, anger with the president, McCain says, may be clouding the partys judgment at a time when its political fortunes are improving. If I were Boehner and Cantor, Id get one of our highly respected Republican pollsters to come over and brief them, he says. Right now, were not winning the battle.
Fifteen years ago, President Clinton blamed Republicans for the 1995 government shutdown and won reelection. In similar fashion, McCain argues that a debt default would give President Obama total victory in 2012, just like it was total victory for Clinton when Dole and Gingrich had to cave in 1995.
I appreciate the zeal and fervor of my colleagues; I want us to get an agreement, McCain says, but with the financial markets uneasy and Obama intent on raising taxes, it is time for Republicans to continue the debate on a fresh front.
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I am doubting Rush is right on this. He is over 99% but his call about changing the GOP is a couple elections away. At least 2.
McCain = PURE EVIL
I think McCain knows he’s been neutered so he’s become a crabby old codger pulling his turtle head down into his progressive old body.
Everybody is pretty aware he threw the 2008 election almost on purpose by rushing back to full frontal support of the TARP Bill when Sarah Palin had started pulling their polls beyond Obamajaad.
To me, he’s deemed him irrelevant.
TERM LIMITS!!!! The ONLY way to save our dying nation.
McCain is a progressive half-wit, and that half is senile.
McCain needs many sessions on the couch but one should not listen to him.
p.s. McInsane may be evil, too. He is saying this knowing that Rush Limbaugh will not be on the radio tomorrow. McWimp timed his appeasement at the most opportune moment. Rush will not even be able to comment on McCain's appeasement.
It's a fitting wish for your sworn enemy?
Anyone who would support McCain has a credibility problem.
He threw the election when he told America during the campaign, ‘Senator Obama is a good family man not to be afraid of.’
Over 70-ish folks like McCain, Reid, and Pelosi have long outlived their usefulness in government.
If McCain is in favor of raising the debt ceiling it must be the wrong thing to do.
McCain: part of the problem since 1987!
Don’t blame me. I gave money to J.D. Hayworth.
Correction, part of the problem since 1983!
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