Bill Kristol makes a good point about the line in President Obama's speech last night in which the president said, "what makes today's stalemate so dangerous is that it has been tied to something known as the debt ceiling – a term that most people outside of Washington have probably never heard of before." Mr. Kristol writes, "Consider the condescension implicit in the president's statement...These 'people outside of Washington' are not little children being lectured on an obscure subject by a worldly adult. These people outside Washington are ... citizens. Judging by the polls, most of us have opinions about whether, and under what conditions, the debt ceiling should be raised. We don't seem to be as ignorant as Obama thinks we are of the term or concept of a debt ceiling. But the president assumes we've never bothered our pretty little heads about such a thing."
Link via Mike Allen's Politico Playbook.