Here's another one on that same subject from Chris Cillizza:
<..> Obama’s heightened public profile is a reminder of the power of the presidency. Obama knows that when he holds a press conference, every cable network will carry it live in its entirety — and then spend the remainder of the day poring over every pronouncement.
That level of coverage ensures that Obama can drive whatever message he likes into the public consciousness. Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and even the Republicans running for president in 2012 can’t hope to match that sort of presidential bully pulpit.
<..> With Obama driving the go-big-or-go-home message — and polling suggesting that the public would blame congressional Republicans more than the administration for a failure to raise the debt ceiling — the GOP leadership must decide how it can win the battle for public opinion as the Aug. 2 deadline approaches.
Obama is using every tool at his disposal, putting the pressure on Republicans to fight back.This week will be a telling indication of how they plan to do just that.
I hope he keeps hammering the right and telling the public the pubs are hanging back and jeopardizing the country.