Krauthammer’s Take

by NRO Staff

From Wednesday night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On the public relations battle over the debt ceiling:

The Republicans are losing the debate, and I think the fact that they have been portrayed by the media as walking out, being intransigent on tax cuts, et cetera, has hurt them. …

But the president has one weak point. … He keeps insisting that ‘I will not accept a short-term deal. I will only accept a big big long-term deal.’ There is no logic there — there’s no reason other than [that] he wants a long-term deal, i.e. one that’ll get him past Election Day.

That’s not an argument he wants to make in public. There’s no way that you can defend that position on the merits.

Thus the Republicans ought to challenge him by passing a short-term measure — three months, six months. Dare him to exercise a veto.

On the Obama campaign’s enormous fundraising haul:

In a reelection campaign, the money has one use. It’s going to have no effect on getting Obama out of the box on explaining high unemployment, et cetera, the failure of the economy.

It’s going to be used on negative advertising. It’s going to be the dirtiest campaign you’ll have ever seen. It’s going to be almost $1 billion of sheer attacks because it [the election] is essentially a referendum on Obama — unless the Democrats make the personality or the baggage or the history of the Republican [candidate] the issue.

That’s what you do if you’re an incumbent if you have a lot of money. It’s going to be an incredibly negative campaign.

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