There are 42 others who agree with this House idiot.
Syria has hurt [Obama] significantly … it is a factor in the CR going forward, it is a factor in the debt ceiling.
--Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
If earnest, that is a monumental miscalculation as a basis for debt-ceiling aggression.
Syria was, conspicuously, of no political help to President Obama. But any GOP notion that the White House will now curl in a fetal position and whimper to a chastened, premature close of this second term bespeaks a reality-detachment heretofore unknown to American politics.
That Mr. King is as goofy as Iowa hemp is a given; that he and his similarly slap-happy playmates are downright dangerous as national stewards is also a given. But even King and his friends have to know that any WH capitulation on the debt ceiling is now more unlikely than ever.
Every administration in a political slump looks for ideal opportunities to turn things around, and opportunities don't come any more ideal than that of boldly rescuing the country from fiscally malicious morons. Indeed, quite aside from benefiting the country, the WH would be cutting its own political throat were it to act as anything but the responsible hero. This one Obama cannot afford to lose, simple as that, case closed.
Does King & Co. know that? I suspect so. There is, however, some considerable chest-pounding and base-pandering to be done. Good. The more of it they do the more humiliation they'll suffer when the WH inevitably wins.