Today, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a remarkable pronouncement regarding public perception of the President's culpability should our nation fail to raise the debt ceiling. From HuffPo:
"If the President wants to threaten seniors or veterans or rattle the world economy by pretending he can’t pay our bills, let him," McConnell said. “But he’s not going to implicate Republicans in these efforts
With all due respect, Mitch, the facts on the ground via the most recent Quinnipac poll show that the public already knows who to blame:
"Obama outscores congressional Republicans on several points in the deficit reduction battle:
Voters will blame Republicans over Obama 48 - 34 percent if the debt limit is not raised
Voters say 67 - 25 percent that an agreement to raise the debt ceiling should include tax hikes for the wealthy and corporations, not just spending cuts"
This is now... before the resultant explosion of inflation and interest rates that would follow a failure to treat the raising of the debt limit as, in the words of former George W. Bush budget director and current Republican governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels, "the housekeeping matter it is."
Enjoy your place in the history books, Sen. McConnell.