Good to see someone whose ideas about the effectiveness of the BULLY PULPIT doesn’t come from Aaron Sorkin movies:
Biden: One of the things that I heard some of you saying is why doesn't Biden say what a good deal it is? You think that's going to help get it passed? No. That's why you guys don't bargain very well. pic.twitter.com/q4xRKedQGy— Acyn (@Acyn) May 29, 2023
Can the president move public opinion in his favor by speaking? Unless you’re about to launch a war, almost certainly not. Will Biden supporting certain positions in public make Republicans agreeing to these positions in a deal more likely? The question answers himself.
Democrats have made an error by refusing to eliminate the debt ceiling when they might have had the votes. But given the loaded weapon they’ve chosen to lay around for House Republicans, they’re no magical way to prevent Republicans from taking hostages with it.