By Karl Rove
The debate over this year's budget is over. Next up: an even more contentious battle over raising the debt ceiling.
For this fight, President Barack Obama's strategy is three-fold.
First, warn of catastrophic consequences if the debt ceiling isn't raised by early July when the Treasury Department runs out of fiscal tricks to keep from breaching the limit.
Second, demand a "clean" debt ceiling increase, unencumbered by the tough spending and deficit caps that some congressional Republicans want to strap on the measure.
Finally, blame the GOP for holding our economy hostage as often as possible.
The GOP needs to push back now—thoughtfully and aggressively. Yet in conversations with Senate and House Republicans, I was amazed to find they weren't talking to each other. Though the Senate and House GOP leadership may be, congressional Republicans need to settle on a common negotiating posture sooner rather than later. [...]
Shut up, Rove. Try, at least ONCE in your life, to talk about the United States Constitution. Please. Just try it. See what happens.
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