Ever have one of those days when reading the latest political news begins to resemble a Saturday morning cartoon? For instance: Congress announces they want to raise the country’s borrowing cap in early 2013, but what’s this? Snidely Whiplash – I mean, John Boehner – has a new nefarious scheme to foil our hero’s plans! We can hear him now: “We’ll see if that infernal Obama gets re-elected when I insist on massive spending cuts and reject higher tax rates! Mwahahahaha!” Distressed damsel on the railroad tracks not included.
That’s an exaggeration, but now even the Associated Press is asking whether the GOP is trying to sabotage the economy to hurt Obama. Specifically, reporter Charles Babington referred to a statement from Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York, countering Boehner’s demands.
“The last thing the country needs is a rerun of last summer’s debacle that nearly brought down our economy,” Schumer said, referring to 2011′s infamous debt ceiling showdown.
Is he right? Could one party be capable of disrupting the economy simply to foil a presidential election? Well, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did go on record saying his top priority was to make Obama a one term president.
John Hinderaker at Powerline scoffs:
It is true that Republicans have been able to block a few Democratic proposals, like cap and trade and card check. But those proposals would have damaged the economy even further, and Democrats should be thankful to Republicans for stopping them.
We’ll attempt to answer that question – and much more – when Jennifer Granholm sits down tonight with New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. You won’t want to miss it. Tune into ‘The War Room’ at 9EST/6PST only on Current TV, and if you’d like to let us know what you think, join our communities on Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, here’s a “sabotage” we can all support: