Krauthammer’s Take

by NRO Staff

From Friday night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On President Obama’s angry response to the collapse of his negotiations with Speaker Boehner:

This is Obama at his most sanctimonious, demagogic, self-righteous, and arrogant. And given the [Obama] baseline, it wasn’t a pretty sight.

Look, he started out by summoning the leaders of Congress — summoning them! — at 11:00. Who does he think he is? In the American system, the Executive and the Congress are coequal. In a banana republic, the caudillo will summon the members of the congress. The way he demanded their appearance in the Oval Office I thought was disgraceful. …

Second, on this [debt] issue he said, ‘We have set forth a plan.’ He has set forth nothing. Nor has the Democratic-controlled Senate. …

The Republicans have offered a detailed plan: the Ryan plan in the House, and they offered Cut, Cap, and Balance this time around.

The president has offered nothing — except he says, ‘If you go in the back room now, my staff will give you a tick-tock, the details of everything I was supposed to have given.’ He has never once spoken [publicly] about real cuts.

And lastly, what was interesting is even at this late date, where he says that the fate of the republic hangs on the debt ceiling extension, he said, ‘If given a short extension of, say, half a year, I won’t accept it.’ Why? Because, he says, ‘I want this to go past Election Day.’ That is entirely self-serving and political. And he pretends he’s the one who’s not interested in politics.

On whether a modified version of the McConnell plan may end up passing:

I think it’s what will ultimately pass unless the Republicans in the House pass something short-term – cuts only – and adjourn and go home. Which I’m sure Obama could not veto, given all the catastrophic events he predicts if there’s a debt default.

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