Mouth of Sauron Press Secretary Jay Carney, it’s some Zen thing wherein one leads by… doing nothing:
In response to a question about whether now would be a good time for the president to present his own debt ceiling budget plan, White House spokesman Jay Carney had this to say: “Leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down and likely voted down…”
Newsflash, O Press Flack: the President of the United States is the Chief Executive of the United States. It’s his job to “propose a plan” to deal with the nation’s problems.
Carney’s statement suggests an attitude of coming up with “something, anything,” just to see how a vote would go. Maybe he’s thinking of the president’s 2011 budget proposal, which was such an farcical joke that the Senate rejected it 95-0.
Here’s a suggestion, Jay: Let the president come up with a thoughtful, realistic plan for dealing with the nation’s debt and deficit problems, and I guarantee you it will get serious consideration from Republicans. We don’t want “a plan for the sake of having a vote,” we want a real plan.
We want real leadership.
via Pirate’s Cove, which has video