As if it weren't clear already, Jay Carney confirmed yesterday that President Obama has no interest--zero, zip--in reducing the deficit and cutting the debt when he said "deficit reduction is not a worthy goal unto itself."
Obama's goal is very different than what a lot of well-meaning Republicans ascribe to him. He isn't interested in leaving a healthy economy as his legacy. He wants a very different America. And he's using vicious tactics to get there. Heading into the debt ceiling debate, if conservatives want to have any chance of winning the fight, they've got to acknowledge Obama's objective, and the fact that he will do anything to achieve it.