The White House insisted this weekend that the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate was a “welcome” because the race could now become substantive. However, in the ensuing days, the Obama team has sunk further and further into CRISIS Mode. From their past exchanges, it is no secret that Paul Ryan is not afraid to face off with the President, and can run circles around the academically intellectual POTUS with facts and figures.
Now the President’s guard dogs, like Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) are doing the bidding for the White House, calling upon the Presidential Debate Commission to not include their question(s) regarding the President’s Simpson-Bowles Debt Commission, whose suggestions Obama flatly rejected. They claim such questioning would be “unfair” in nature. UNFAIR??!! Not addressing the debt crisis is UNFAIR (oops…. too subjective).
Some Democratic lawmakers want to make sure that one question does not get asked at the upcoming first presidential debate – about Simpson-Bowles.
Three Democratic House members objected Tuesday to a request by four senators that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney be asked which of the commission’s proposals to address the debt they support. The Democrats said such a question would force “candidates to choose solutions from one menu of options.” …
But that caused Reps. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) to cry foul, writing in their own letter to the debate commission on Tuesday that although the Simpson-Bowles commission’s plan “may contain proposals helpful to our recovery…to hold it out as the only pathway to fiscal responsibility and economic success is foolish and wrong.”
“We urge the [Debate] Commission to fight any effort to unnecessarily narrow such an important debate by placing disproportionate attention on one set of proposals over another,” they wrote, adding that such a question would “cheapen the debate” and “thwart the candidates’ ability to explain alternative proposals.”
Adding further to the frenzy behind the scenes, Democrats are asking that Erskine Bowles repudiate the great praise he heaped upon Paul Ryan in September 2011.
Part of this effort by Democrats to bury that history has been a new effort to get Erskine Bowles to repudiate his remarks from September 2011 praising Ryan while criticizing Obama and his budget. So far, Bowles isn’t budging:
Erskine Bowles is not backing away from his previous praise of Rep. Paul Ryan now that the Wisconsin congressman is on the Republican presidential ticket.
“I like him,” Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and co-chairperson of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, told The Daily Caller in a phone interview.
“I think he’s smart. I think he’s intellectually curious. I think he is honest, straightforward and sincere. And I think he does have a serious budget out there — it doesn’t mean I agree with it by any stretch of the imagination. But I’m not going to act like I don’t like him or that I don’t have some real respect for him.”
Looks like Bowles won’t be making a Cory Booker Hostage Video any time soon.
Note: And speaking of Mayor Cory Booker: The fine Mayor has been completely erased from any role at the DNC Commission, and it is reported that he has regrets for being manipulated into doing the infamous “hostage” video. Harold Ford Jr. defended Mayor Booker’s initial comments, and wasn’t thrilled that Booker was obviously forced to walk back his comments.