Why the Supercommittee Failed

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 21, 2011

As Judd Gregg points out, much of the blame ought to attach to President Obama:

The president was in Hawaii while the supercommittee hit stall speed. What is new about this? Very little.

Throughout his term, President Obama has avoided leading on the issue of fiscal responsibility. He walked away from his own commission, the one led by former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, when he found its report filled with inconvenient choices.

Now in a week when leadership is needed to push this critical committee to do something big and bring the nation’s fiscal house back into order, the president once again disappears. It causes one to wonder, why?

Lest you think that this is just another partisan complaint from just another partisan Republican, I give you Chris Matthews, who agrees that this President is AWOL when it comes to fulfilling his leadership responsibilities:

Woody Allen famously said that “99% of life is just showing up.” This President doesn’t show up. No wonder things are falling apart around him.

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