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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/15/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

"'My view is that the president's budget punted on the structural deficits issue. He did not give us any clear path forward to deal with them,' said David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States and now head of a balanced-budget advocacy group called Comeback America Initiative."

"Punter-in-chief . . . .The president punted. Having been given the chance, the cover and the push by the fiscal commission he created to take bold steps to raise revenue and curb entitlement spending, President Obama, in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal, chose instead to duck. To duck, and to mask some of the ducking with the sort of budgetary gimmicks he once derided."

"Paul Ryan: 'Presidents Are Elected To Lead, Not To Punt.'"

"Ryan slams Obama for 'punt' on budget crisis."

"'Debt on arrival. D-E-B-T on arrival,' Ryan said at a press conference today. 'Look, he raises spending everywhere. He raises taxes everywhere, increases borrowing. The trajectory of this budget is in the wrong . . . And so what did we just get today? We got a punt. The president punted on the budget and he punted on the deficit and on the debt. That's not leadership.'"

"Status quobama budget: There's the snap. It's high. It's deep. Wow. It's a 60-yard punt. Boy did he get rid of it in a hurry."

"Obama's plan 'says fulfilling the president's vision of a future of trains and windmills is more important than a balanced checkbook,' said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. 'This budget was an opportunity for the president to lead. He punted.'"

"Republicans bashed the president's budget proposal on Monday, calling it a punt down the road for the nation's deficit and criticizing Obama for not including a plan to change the way the government deals with Social Security and Medicare. House and Senate Republicans said Obama's budget, which the White House said would cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next decade, would actually lead to increased spending and more debt for the country."

If you follow Right Turn on Twitter (@JRubinBlogger) you would have know early yesterday that "the word of the day for the Obama budget is 'PUNT.'"

And one guy who didn't punt yesterday? "U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announced today that he has introduced an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) re-authorization bill that would prevent the expansion of commerce through direct flights with state sponsors of terrorism. The amendment is co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and marks Sen. Rubio's first filed amendment."

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 15, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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But Jen, Mark Halperin just said on Morning Joe* that Obama is playing a DEEP game. That there are conversations behind the scenes and that there's going to be a deal with Mitch McConnell, a Grand Bargain that and the only question is wether the Republican House will want to go along to save the country or not? So are the R's going to punt on this Grand Bargain which is coming in March, or May, or July, or by the End of the Year, or ....

*Incidentally, this morning Joe criticized Mitch McConnell for wanting to cut funding for windmills and trains because they are the future and the Chineese are laughing at us. Now if only the trains could be powered the windmills we'd really be in business.

Posted by: cavalier4 | February 15, 2011 8:03 AM | Report abuse

The Obama-chicken didn't just punt, which is something a fighting team does on fourth down. He punted *on the kick-off*. This is what was supposed to *open* the budget game. And the Obama-chicken PUNTS! He obviously can't handle the ball. By his repeated failures of leadership he's forfeited any claims to being a serious President.

Posted by: carldahlman | February 15, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Recently Obama said he wanted to do something about the deficit.

And then yesterday he pivoted.

Jen, I understand that ‘Punt’ won hands down yesterday; but I see lots of opportunity for ‘Pivot.’

Posted by: nvjma | February 15, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Recently Obama said he wanted to do something about the deficit.

And then yesterday he pivoted.

Jen, I understand that ‘Punt’ won hands down yesterday; but I see lots of opportunity for ‘Pivot.’

Posted by: nvjma | February 15, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

If the tax rate went to 100% on income over $2m (hint) and we cut defense spending 100%, we would still run a deficit.

Posted by: econrob | February 15, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Here's a prediction predicated on four-pea porridge: punt, pivot, pout, produce. Who portrays the coyote vs who plays the roadrunner is the question.

Posted by: aardunza | February 15, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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