Congress in Charge
David Brooks in today’s NYT:
Obama’s Friday appearance had a gigantic unintended consequence. It brought members of Congress together. They decided to take control. The White House is now on the sidelines. Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders are negotiating directly with one another.
The atmosphere has changed. It now seems more likely that we will get a deal. It just won’t be as significant as we Grand Bargainers originally wanted.
Oh yes, the atmosphere has changed.
From the AP:
Conservative revolt casts doubt on House GOP plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Republicans on Tuesday balked at House GOP leaders’ pleas to stop whining and back their plan to slash spending and increase the nation’s borrowing authority, jeopardizing the party’s suggested path out of the debt crisis.
How’s that Congress In Charge workin for ya?