If this is the best Team Obama can come up with, then they’re screwed.
(WaPo) — With the debate heavily focused on comparisons of the spending cuts in the Harry Reid and John Boehner proposals, the fact that Boehner’s approach would put us all through another bruising debt ceiling debate in six months has not received the attention Democrats had hoped for.
So the White House is circulating a new set of talking points to outside allies and surrogates, instructing them on a new way to make this case: If Boehner has his way, the debt ceiling debate will steal Christmas.
Here are the key bits from the talking points, which were sent over by a source:
* Today, the House will vote on Speaker Boehner’s proposal, but that vote does nothing to move the country closer to a solution.
On MSNBC this morning, top Obama adviser David Plouffe made a similar claim, pointing out that the Boehner plan would ensure that “this whole debt ceiling spectacle” will be “repeated again a few montsh from now over the holidays.”
* To be clear: This bill is dead on arrival in the Senate and there is zero chance this makes it to the President’s desk. . .
* Under the Boehner bill, we will be right back into this debate during the holiday season, which is the most important time in the year for our economy.
* Rather than compromising for the sake of the country, the House GOP continues to play politics with the full faith and credit of the United States — even saying that their strategy is to tell the country to “take it or leave it” and blame the President for default.
“The debt ceiling debate would ruin Christmas,” Plouffe said. He was apparently ad-libbing the line, but now it’s found its way into the White House’s official talking points.