Rather than show leadership, President Obama has decided to blame someone other than himself for the deficit supercommittee’s failure to reach an agreement. This time, the president is pointing the finger solely at Congressional Republicans. Apparently, Congressional Democrats have had enough of Obama blaming them as well. Politico’s Josh Gerstein weighs in:
Blaming Republicans for the supercommittee’s failure to craft a debt-cutting plan, President Barack Obama on Monday warned that he won’t allow Congress to wriggle out of the $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts it agreed to make if the 12-member panel failed to reach agreement.
Obama, who has faced past complaints from congressional Democrats that his criticism sometimes lumps them in with the GOP, took a decidedly different tack Monday. He said Democrats stepped up to the plate and Republicans were intransigent.
Criticism that Obama stayed aloof from the process has emerged in recent days from Republicans as well as Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and centrists like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.