The uncompromiser in chief

The uncompromiser in chief

If you wanted to hear words of sweet conciliation, the White House was the wrong place to go this week.

“We’re not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills,” President Obama said Tuesday, sticking to his demand that Congress pass a spending bill and raise the federal debt ceiling without conditions. “I’m not budging.”

Instead, Obama doubled down on his favorite metaphor for Republicans‘ demands: the GOP as a band of terrorists.

He described their strategy as “hostage-taking” and “extortion.” Breaching the debt ceiling, he warned, would be “insane, catastrophic, chaos,” the fiscal equivalent of using a nuclear weapon. And he dismissed Republican proposals for a new “supercommittee” as a nonstarter unless the GOP reopened the government first.

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