The senior Senator from Massachusetts had this insight on Meet the Press this morning via The National Review (emphasis mine):
"I believe this is, without question, the Tea Party downgrade," Kerry said. "This is the Tea Party downgrade because a minority of people in the House of Representatives countered the will of even many Republicans in the United States senate who were prepared to do a bigger deal, to do $4.7 trillion dollars, $4 trillion dollars, have a mix of reductions and reforms in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, but also recognize that we needed to do some revenue."
"Barack Obama put a $4.7 trillion deal on the table," Kerry said. "Three times he was refused that deal because there were some people in the Republican Party, and Mitch McConnell even admitted this, who wanted to default. He said there were some people in his party who were willing to shoot the hostage. In the end, they found out that the hostage was worth ransoming."
He[Kerry] said that he believed some of his Senate colleagues, including John McCain, would be willing to "be serious" about coping with the debt crisis.
Oh, wow, where to begin the deconstruction? First, let's start with his "be serious" nonsense. The only folks throughout this entire process who were serious were the Tea Party/Republicans. How do we know this? Because they were the only people who put out a plan or budget. Something those so-called 'serious' folks in the (Democratically controlled) senate hadn't done in over 800 days. Further, if bunny-boy is suggesting that Obama was 'serious' with his, ahem, plan, why did the senate defeat his budget 97-0 back in April? He couldn't even get Bernie Sanders to vote for it. Does that sound serious?
Second, Kerry says that Obama put a 4.7 trillion deal on the table. Um, really? Did anyone see Jay Carney's response on disclosing Obama's plan? Or This from CBO director's testimony to congress:
Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, told the House Budget Committee this morning that his office was unable to estimate the long-term viability of the "budget framework" President Obama outlined in his April 13 budget speech.
"We don't estimate speeches," said Elmendorf. "We need much more specificity than was provided in that speech for us to do our analysis."
Ouch, that's gonna leave a mark. So, Mr. Bunny-boy, where exactly was that $4.7 trillion deal? Anybody, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller …
Lastly, on the three times Obama was refused a deal. It has become clear that there was no deal - ever. While Obama played politics trying to push the debt ceiling beyond 2012, the Republicans had to do all the heavy lifting.
Where was John 'effin' Kerry during all this? Oh, that's right, getting a whooping from Marco Rubio. Well done Senator Kerry earned your paycheck that week.