It was all of them, Obama's lack of leadership - if we don't raise the debt ceiling then the US will default, can't guarentee old folks will get their SS checks. Congresses lack of.... well anything really. Sure the TP forced the issue - then everybody just ran around like headless chickens saying the sky is falling, we're all doomed.
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YES, many to blame including BO. But it was the TP that held the GOP hostage and also everyone else. I agree many mishandled it: the Dems, Boehner, and the President... but I give the TP about 50-60% of the blame. HAD they even been willing to give a little this could have been avoided. I'm beginning to hear the term "Tea Party Downgrade" in the MSM a lot. Any one else hear that ?
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As I understand it, Barry and Boehner had come *very* close to sealing their "Grand Bargain" that basically gave everyone much of what they wanted (spending cuts, revenue increases, etc.) to the tune of the 4 trillion everyone seems to agree is the magic number. But Boehner couldn't sell that to the TP faction so he bailed.
I think the lion's share of the responsibility falls on Boehner and the mainstream Republicans' absolute capitulation to the Tea Party faction -- and I hope they pay for it come election time. But we'll see. Perhaps today in Wisconsin will be a bellwether ...
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