Party members voice dissatisfaction that Biden is permitting House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to control the narrative surrounding the negotiations, effectively granting Republicans a perceived victory in the eyes of the public, as suggested by recent polls.
Politico has reportedly conversed with multiple Democrats who expressed discontentment over Biden's approach. They are concerned that if Biden addresses the issue publicly, it might not be forthcoming. His schedule includes a weekend trip to Camp David on Friday and a visit to his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday. Such news has provoked an uproar among some Democrats.
One House Democrat told Politico in disbelief, "Please tell me that's not true. You're going to see a caucus that's so pissed if he's stupid enough to do that."
Some party members like Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) are taking a harder line, even referring to Republicans as "terrorists." Bowman expressed his frustration by saying, "I'm very frustrated. I called on the president to invoke the 14th Amendment, and mint a coin, and do not negotiate with hostage-takers. I mean, we don't negotiate with terrorists globally, why are we gonna negotiate with the economic terrorists here that are the Republican Party?"
However, other Democrats appear to have resigned to their fate. A House Democrat told Axios, "Democrats know they will have to eat a turd sandwich, the Republicans will have to put some Nutella spread on it first."
Most Americans further complicate their predicament by agreeing that a reduction in government spending should accompany any rise in the debt ceiling. This popular stance renders the Democrats' position of resisting spending cuts less defensible and strengthens the Republicans' negotiation stance.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy suggested progress in the negotiations on Friday, indicating a possible deal might be reached before the deadline in the coming month.
In the inevitable outcome, both parties will be compelled to make compromises, reverting to the familiar Washington routine of deferring the daunting $31 trillion debt problem to future generations of Americans.