Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in the latest bit of debt limit grandstanding, this morning invited President Obama to meet with Republican senators “anytime this afternoon” to hear how they are not willing to budge an inch on the refusal to raise taxes on the rich, corporate jet owners or eliminate breaks for oil companies.
Talk about chutzpah!
The Kentucky senator is the same character who bailed out of an “intimate dinner” with the president following last November’s election. Rather than setting a post-election, bi-partisan tone by talking with Obama, McConnell decided to spend several hours schmoozing with members of the right-wing Federalist Society. McConnell delivered a talk before the Society’s annual dinner, in which he declared the president’s healthcare reform bill unconstitutional.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said earlier today that the scheduled-to-the-second Commander-in-Chief had better use of his time than to meet with Republicans. Never mind the short notice. A conversation about the GOP's take-it-or-leave-it position is not worth having, he said.
Thanks, but no thanks.
Meanwhile in the real world, Standard & Poor’s delivered a hammer to Congress today in the form of news that if the U.S. defaults on its debt, America’s “AAA” rating "will cut to D," the lowest ranking.
John Chambers, who chairs S&P’s sovereign rating committee, doesn’t believe Members of Congress are going to use the hammer to smash America’s stellar ranking in the global economy. He told Bloomberg TV today, “We think the government will raise the debt ceiling. They’ve raised it 78 times more or less since 1960, often at the last moment, and we think that will be the case this time.”
Chambers shouldn't be too sure that the current crew of McConnell, Cantor and Boehner will act in the best interests of the U.S. Their sole priority is running the President out of town along with a few Democratic Senators to give them control of a government that is stripped to the bone.