I'm not usually one who holds to "a pox on both their houses, " but one of these guys is dishonest and the other, disingenuous.
“This is the Tea Party downgrade because a minority of people in the House of Representatives countered even the will of many Republicans in the United States Senate who were prepared to do a bigger deal,” [SEN John] Kerry said yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Bunk. Go read the statement that S&P released. While they would have liked to see "revenue increases" (tax hikes) in the package, the reason for the downgrade was that the ceiling compromise didn't do enough. That is precisely the objection of the Tea Party.
On to disingenuous.
John McCain, who followed Kerry on the program, defended Tea Party conservatives, saying they were fulfilling the promises they made when they ran for Congress last fall.
“For them to then agree to tax increases and spending increases was obviously a repudiation of the mandate they felt they had from last November,” the Arizona Republican said.
He's correct and all, but this is the same guy that attacked the Tea party on the Senate floor. Yeah, I get it–he's not defending those who voted against the deal, he's defending those who compromised their principles to vote for it, but give it a chance and if/when he needs Tea party support this is a statement that will be spun the other way. And then I've got a dime here for the difference between these two.
The comments from the two senior members of the Senate came in the aftermath of Friday’s decision by Standard & Poor’s to lower the US long-term credit rating from AAA to AA+, which the agency had warned was a possibility.