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Straightening Out Greg Sargent’s Twisted Logic October 7, 2013

Posted by geoff in News.

Greg Sargent, a liberal columnist for the Washington Post, ties himself in knots trying to lay the blame for the shutdown at the GOP’s feet:

With the government shutdown dragging into Week Two, and the debt limit deadline creeping closer, Republicans continue to insist the cause of our current governing crisis is that Obama and Democrats refuse to negotiate with them. On ABC News yesterday, John Boehner repeated this talking point again and again.

Yet in the process, Boehner revealed what this invitation to “negotiate” really means. He implicitly confirmed Republicans will only negotiate in a context in which Republicans can employ the looming threat of disaster for the country as a way to unilaterally increase their leverage, and will not negotiate without being granted this leverage.

Sargent is acting like this is a huge revelation, but only because he thinks it’s the cart pulling the horse. There are a lot of ways to explain this, but let me take the simplest:

Mr. Sargent and the Dems are using the threat of default and the intentionally-amplified pain of the shutdown to force the GOP to raise the debt ceiling.

Now who’s the bad guy, Mr. Sargent?


1. Jimbro - October 7, 2013

As Ted Cruz said to Candy Crowley, (paraphrasing here) “If we give them 100% of what they want now, why should we believe the Dems would negotiate in the future when they aren’t now?”

2. daveintexas - October 7, 2013

Greg is a reliable and predictable talking point dispenser. He never had an original thought in his life.

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