Ezra Klein says Obama and the Democrats are finally doing what they should’ve been doing in 2011: not negotiating on the debt ceiling. Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling and John Boehner agrees. There is nothing to negotiate about. Why would any unrelated policy changes get tacked onto something both Democrats and Republicans agree must pass?
Surprisingly, Obama didn’t want to talk about the CR, or even the possibility of a shutdown. Instead, in a conversation Boehner’s aides characterized as “brief,” President Obama reiterated that he would not, under any circumstances, negotiate over the debt ceiling.
Today, Senate Democrats will back Obama up. Patty Murray, the chairwoman of the Budget Committee, and Max Baucus, the chairman of the Finance Committee, are sending a “dear colleague” letter stating “President Obama has been clear that he is not going to negotiate over the debt limit, and Congressional Democrats stand behind him strongly.”