Look, it can’t be both ways…
Dear House Tea Party Caucus,
Either the debt-limit is no big deal and therefore you can blow off raising it, or it’s an important thing that can be used as a bargaining chip to extract concessions. It can’t be both.
Just like how Obama can’t both be a bumbling incompetent and a machiavellian schemer out to destroy America from its foundations.
If you think the debt limit’s not a big deal, then it’s not going to be a useful bargaining chip. You can’t have it both ways, guys.