I was nearly asleep last night when my iPhone lit up with an urgent message: Michael Nutter wanted to share his thoughts on the debt ceiling.
Or, rather, the Mayor wanted to share his thoughts on President Obama's thoughts about the debt ceiling; namely, that Obama would like to punt Congressional Republicans through the White House roof for refusing to see this crisis his way.
Before I even opened the email I felt bad for the City Hall staffers who had to stay late to write it. Their jobs are hard enough as it is. Surely, Philadelphia has enough home-grown problems to keep them busy. Why must the Mayor comment on issues like a prime-time presidential address?
"Tonight President Obama laid out very clearly and powerfully the consequences of failing to raise the debt ceiling and deal with our deficit in a long-term, balanced manner," Nutter opined. "The fact that we have reached a point where the President of the United States needs to make such a statement is simply stunning."