Republican leaders have been portrayed unfairly as villains in the debt battle royal, political commentator Pat Buchanan writes at HumanEvents.com
The Republicans’ decision to make the debt ceiling the central issue of their fiscal agenda was not well thought out, and now the GOP is paying the price, writes Buchanan, a syndicated columnist, author, and MSNBC analyst.
However, he writes, the Republican Party “can yet emerge victorious, if it will stick to its guns.”
Had House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor signed on to President Barack Obama’s $3 trillion in cuts to resolve the debt crisis, Boehner would have been ousted as speaker, Buchanan says. Other Republicans, 235 of whom pledged not to raise taxes, would have been taken to task by their constituents.
Buchanan describes the cuts as “gauzy” and points out that Obama’s plan contained loopholes that included ending tax breaks for the wealthy.
By refusing to play along with a debt plan that went against the values of the party, the GOP has been cast in the media as leading toward an uncertain economic future, writes Buchanan, a former White House aide and former candidate for the Republican nomination for president.
“Using the White House bully pulpit, Obama portrayed himself as bending over backward to do a fair deal and being forced, if the GOP continued to balk, to stop mailing out Social Security checks,” he writes.
“Obama won the public relations battle, but the Republicans, if they hold firm on no revenue enhancement and no new taxes, are fated to win the war,” Buchanan writes.
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