David Frum last summer:
In this debt-ceiling fight, I'm having horrible flashbacks to the Republican debacle over health care.
Then as now, what could have been a negotiated deal turned into all-out political war.
Then as now, Republicans rejected all concessions by the president as pathetically inadequate.
Then as now, Republicans refused any concessions of their own, instead demanding that the president yield totally to their way of thinking.
Then as now, Republicans convinced themselves that they had the clout to force the president to yield.
With health care, Republicans calculated spectacularly wrong.
Peggy Noonan last weekend:
Once again the president thought he was playing a shrewd game: The collapse of the super committee would serve his political purposes. Once again he misjudged.
What has occurred is an exact repeat of the summer's debt ceiling fiasco. Then the president summoned a crisis, thinking people would blame it on the Republicans. Instead they blamed Washington, which is to say him, because he owns Washington. Immediately his numbers fell. As they did again this week.