MATTHEWS: That was the President last night. And Jack Lew, Mr. Director, the question I have is, there is Speaker of the House, Boehner, a smart parliamentarian, bragging, basically, that way back last December he said they were going to do this thing. They were going to hold the whole debt ceiling hostage to get their way. Why did — Couldn’t the President have said at that moment, way back in December of last year, “no game playing. No hostage-taking. No terrorizing this country with the debt ceiling. I’m not going to negotiate with you guys. You can’t play it that way.” Could he have done that?
. . .Why did he let this develop for six months, well, eight months since last December, this drum roll of the Republicans saying, “We’ve got the baby. You don’t get the baby back unless you pay us?’ Why do you let the other side have the baby, to use kidnapping terms?