Mitt Romney, that summer soldier and sunshine patriot, has apparently retreated from the call to war. So thinks some in the conservative media who fight valiantly from their million dollar trenches. Mark Halperin laments that Romney is "no profile in courage on the Beohner scheme."
Let's take this one step at a time. First, a quick 57 second video on why raising the debt ceiling is necessary. Please watch the video and tell me how not raising the debt ceiling is a good idea.
You got that? It's really quite simple. That's why Beohner wants a deal. That's why Romney doesn't want to say anything. There are really no good options for Republicans who want to win a general election.
1. They can demand that the debt ceiling not be raised. This is not going to be a popular move come 2012. Especially if the economy crashes. But at least Michelle Bachmann will win the hearty endorsement of those fighting in their million dollar trenches. And then there is Tim Pawlenty, who will gladly have the debt ceiling raised, if only Congress will go through the completely futile charade of trying to muster up support for changing the Constitution into requiring the federal government to limit its spending to 18% of the GDP.
2. They can blast talk radio for not understanding anything about the federal budget and thus demanding that the debt ceiling remain untouched. This also is not a good option, especially if you are trying to win the Republican nomination.
3. They can try their best to avoid the discussion. Enter that summer soldier.
It may not be a profile in courage, but it really is the best option.