So how can the GOP get something it wants out of the sodden mess of our debt negotiations? Here's my answer: pass a short-term debt-ceiling increase. It seems pretty clear to me that there's no time or common ground for a grand bargain before August 2nd, so pass a short-term increase. Give him nine months. Call his bluff.
TAPPER: The worst-case scenario here is a default, right?
CARNEY: That is a bad scenario. I'm not sure -- I mean --
TAPPER: Is it worse --
CARNEY: You know, there are things you could anticipate. But I -- yes.
TAPPER: Is it worse than voting on the debt ceiling again next year?
CARNEY: The uncertainty created by regular votes on whether or not, for the first time -- you know, and if you think it's -- there's -- there are political --
TAPPER: Weren't there regular votes on raising the debt ceiling during the Bush years?
CARNEY: There are -- well, but it had not -- it had not become -- look -- yeah, boy, there were. It's funny that you should mention it, because -- (laughter) --
TAPPER: There were. Every year --
It's a win win--better for the GOP, better for the country. And if I'm wrong, and he does force a default, then it's the fault of the Democrats, not you! It doesn't get much better than that, right?
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