"For Obama, it is not good enough to cast himself as the school principal scolding competing congressional gangs. He needs the courage to defend the government he leads. He needs to declare that he will no longer bargain with those who use threats to shut down the government or force it to default on its debt as tools of intimidation. We’re all a bit weary of Obama telling everyone to be grown-ups, but this would be the grown-up thing to do." -- E.J. Dionne, who lambastes the reckless teatard calls for shutting down the Federal Government, wondering when President Obama will step to the plate and take them on.
Bonus reads: Progressives everywhere seem to be singing from the same hymnal today: see NY Times and Paul Krugman.