Saturday, August 06, 2011

Jacob Weisberg on the Debt Limit Debacle

Weisberg's article has a lot of good stuff. A couple of excerpts:

The debt-ceiling debacle revealed that politics is broken in every possible way and there's no point in explaining complicated matters to the American people.

OK, that's a slight but forgivable exaggeration. The finale resonates with me:

The president has tried reasonableness and he has failed. It has been astonishing to watch Obama's sheer unwillingness to give up on his opponents after their refusal to work with him on the stimulus package, health care reform, or the extension of the Bush tax cuts last fall. A Congress dominated by mindless cannibals is now feasting on a supine president. But surely even he now realizes there's no middle ground with antagonists whose only interest is in seeing him humiliated.

Yes - what the hell is the matter with the man? Does he really think he is thereby helping a higher cause or is he just personally weak?