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As negotiations on raising the debt limit go down to the wire, House Democrats claim their real problem isn’t hardline Republicans or even the gaggle of tea party freshman.
Their real problem lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: President Barack Obama and his willingness to make a deal with the GOP leadership.
Liberal House Democrats grumble that Obama is too willing to cut deals that destroys the goal of the party.
“What I’m concerned about — it’s not that I don’t trust them — is they [the White House] figure ‘Let’s get this thing the hell out of the way, and if we gotta suffer from our base, let’s do it now,” New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell told Politico.
“There a great deal of concern (about Obama’s deal making),” Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva told the web site. “Given that tax increases are not on the table, there’s a great deal of consternation and worry that the deal will be cut and it will be unacceptable.”