The coolest thing to be in Washington right now is a boring old grown-up. At least it seems that way, judging by both Republican and Democratic talking points. As President Obama battled House Republicans to get a budget for this year--and as they continue to squabble over spending for next year's budget and raising the debt ceiling--both sides are desperately trying to claim a relatively simple title: the "serious" "adult." Perhaps you don't have to argue so much over who is "right" if you can claim to be the wise elder--Father knows best, after all.
Below, a small sampling of the many, many moments this year that politicians have tried to claim they're the grown-ups:
"My hope is that what's different this time is we have an adult conversation where everybody says, 'Here's what's important and here's how we're going to pay for it.'" -- President Obama, February 16.
"As our government continues to borrow almost 40 cents for every dollar it spends, a spending freeze, or--to put it another way, the status quo--is not an option. With the deficit at $1.6 trillion this year alone, proposing a meager $1.1 trillion in savings over the next 10 years just can’t be taken seriously." -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, writing in Politico February 19.