Ever been caught up in an argument where the other person just keeps twisting the facts, and you’re screaming on the inside for a breath of truth? Well, brace yourself, because Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House Press Secretary, has stepped into the ring to deliver that dose of reality.
Let’s set the stage: We’re in the midst of a self-induced debt limit crisis that’s doing little more than fanning the flames of Democratic frustration. If House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s end game was to drive the U.S. economy into the ground while stoking Democrats to ramp up their efforts to regain the House, then congrats to him—it appears to be working.
McCarthy is skating on thin ice within his caucus. If he dares to bring back anything other than the ill-fated bill they grudgingly passed, he may find himself facing a motion to oust him before he can even attempt to justify any agreement he reaches with President Biden.
Let’s be real: The Republicans weren’t exactly prudent about spending during the Trump era. In fact, they were more than happy to green-light debt limit increases without uttering a single word about spending cuts.
The White House’s move to send Jean-Pierre into the fray is a refreshing start, but they need to step up their game to counter McCarthy’s distortions more effectively. And honestly, it’s high time President Biden leveraged his considerable influence from the Oval Office to steer the narrative away from Republican-defined talking points. After all, McCarthy and his crew played a significant role in racking up this debt—it’s only fair that they own up to it.