C4L's Director of Legislation, Tim Shoemaker, has a new piece featured on The Daily Caller today that highlights a key point oft-forgotten in politics.
Titled "The Case for Debt-limit 'Extremism'," the article takes the GOP leadership to task for failing from the start to properly negotiate during, well, pretty much any controversial economic discussion they've tackled since coming to power.
If one conclusion can be drawn from the “debtpocalypse crisis” and this spring’s continuing resolution fiasco, it’s that Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor are terrible negotiators.
What makes me so confident in saying this? It’s simple: Boehner and Cantor tipped their weak hands at the beginning of both “crises.”
Instead of starting from a principled position, GOP leadership went into the meetings with an already compromised approach, dooming them to miserable failure and cementing their betrayal of limited government beliefs before the talks even really got underway.