We frequently enter into lulls in the world of political battle in which the news media feels it is safe to pose as though it is doing actual journalism. With today’s lead, Politico has informed us we have entered one of those lulls.
It makes sense, too. Now that John Boehner and the Republican congress have been completely routed in the Fiscal Cliff debate by Obama and his media pals (like Politico), there is no real downside to bringing up the fact that this president has amassed a staggering and dangerously unsustainable amount of debt:
President Obama’s debt problem
President Barack Obama won’t be able to enjoy much of a victory lap from his win over congressional Republicans on the fiscal cliff fight.
There are about 16.4 trillion reasons why.
The staggering national debt — up about 60 percent from the $10 trillion Obama inherited when he took office in January 2009 — is the single biggest blemish on Obama’s record, even if the rapid descent into red began under President George W. Bush. …
“The numbers — at some point it’s got to catch up or else we’re all going to die,” said Chris Chocola, head of the anti-tax Club for Growth, which opposed the cliff deal. “We have serious problems that are going unaddressed and we’re moving in the wrong direction.”
Obama was able to splinter his deeply divided Republican opponents over the issue of tax cuts for the wealthy. But a similar fate might await the president and his Democratic allies if he brokers a deal with the GOP that requires massive spending and entitlement cuts.
Oh, spare me, Politico. Where was all the hand-wringing and focus on this “staggering” “blemish” when it mattered — you know, during the month-long debate we just went through that was supposed to end with something actually being done about what you call “the staggering national debt.”