I realize that a large part of President Obama’s strategy through the debt limit fight has been to present himself as the grown-up, the reasonable one when everyone else is screaming and yelling.Â Fair enough.Â But he should also listen to his most recent Democratic predecessor:
When we look weak in a time where people feel insecure, we lose. When people feel uncertain, they’d rather have somebody who’s strong and wrong than somebody who’s weak and right.
Â People are not looking to the President to be reasonable.Â They are looking for him to fix the problem.Â That’s why unilateral disarmament will not help.
Â Of course, that’s just Bill Clinton’s view.Â What did he know about politics?Â How well does he play 121-dimensional chess?