As you may have heard, the debt ceiling debates are not going so well. John Boehner has described dealing with the Democrats as not unlike "dealing with Jell-o" ("Some days it’s firmer than others. Sometimes it’s like they’ve left it out over night...last weekend it was damn near liquid”). Harry Reid has said Eric Cantor is acting "juvenile" and "shouldn't even be at the table." A resolution is nowhere in sight and some days it feels like Derek Jeter's lucky ball is the only one taking this thing seriously. President Obama wants this thing wrapped up by tomorrow and if it doesn't get done? He's going to force Congressional leaders to spend the weekend at his vacation house in Maryland.
President Barack Obama may summon congressional leaders to a Camp David summit this weekend after the latest round of White House negotiations on the deficit ended on a tense note and Moody’s Investors Service warned the stalemate could jeopardize the U.S.’s credit rating.
Boehner has apparently already stated for the record that he sees "no need to attend Camp David." Should it come it, however (and Mother Boehner is available to force him, tears gushing, on the bus and promises to write every week), it's possible this could work, as perhaps the woodsy setting will relax everyone into getting along and compromising. The more likely outcome, though, is that it won't, and Obama will have to turn to Plan B. We like the idea of sending Congressional leaders somewhere but we're thinking it should be more like a tough love, prison type scenario and less like a summer camp situation. Should the President agree, any ideas? Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Jame Gumb's basement come to mind as places that could do the trick but let's talk about this.
Obama May Call Lawmakers To Camp David [Bloomberg]