The House passed 269-161 to raise the debt ceiling in an 11th-hour vote Monday. In the Massachusetts delegation, Capuano, Frank, Markey, McGovern, Neal, Olver, and Tierney all voted against the deal and would have preferred (if the President was correct)the nation default for the first time on it’s debt.
Just last week on July 22nd, the President warned against a default and indicated that someone opposed:
For us not to be keeping those folks in mind every single day when we’re up here, for us to be more worried about what some funder says, or some talk radio show host says, or what some columnist says, or what pledge we signed back when we were trying to run, or worrying about having a primary fight – for us to be thinking in those terms instead of thinking about those folks is inexcusable.
I mean, the American people are just desperate for folks who are willing to put aside politics just for a minute and try to get some stuff done.
So when Norah asked or somebody else asked why was I willing to go along with a deal that wasn’t optimal from my perspective, it was because even if I didn’t think the deal was perfect, at least it would show that this place is serious, that we’re willing to take on our responsibilities even when it’s tough, that we’re willing to step up even when the folks who helped get us elected may disagree.
And at some point, I think if you want to be a leader, then you got to lead.
Taking the President’s last few weeks rhetoric at face value, each of them preferred the nation default over a deal getting done.