Today’s events have created a huge opening for the Republican Presidential candidate who is ready to show his leadership mettle.
President Obama has the “bully pulpit,” but the first candidate to come out in direct contradiction to his latest polemics with a logical, complete, and detailed response, pointing out the errors of the President’s statements and positions, whether after consulting with John Boehner or not, can grab the imagination of the 65% of the public who are not in the thrall of the President, and force the CNN’s of the world to cover him/her more-or-less impartially.
Congressional Republican leadership, including Boehner and Mitch McConnell, aren’t in a position to do it. They still need to be able to negotiate with him, and they really shouldn’t muddy the water even though the President apparently sees no need to remain above the fray. John Boehner will speak in a moment, but Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, or Rick Perry should have a very different perspective on the issue.