He was saying what I've been saying. That reaching the debt limit isn't the problem, it's a symptom of the problem. The problem is the runaway spending, and the party of Spend will take a mile if given an inch.
He said everybody in the room knows they're going to raise the debt limit, and that that's the easy part. Mr. Kerry talks of the Republicans "holding the country hostage", but is that not exactly what the Democrats have done by not even proposing a budget for two and a half years and refusing even to bring to the floor much less vote on bills the House passed? They could have voted up or down. They wouldn't even discuss it, which was entirely Mr. Reid's decision.
I would call what the Republicans, and especially the Tea Party republicans were doing was holding weak-kneed politicians feet to the fire to try to force them to deal with the situation, and the situation is we're spending 167% of what we've got ... borrowing the difference. That is the important issue, and that it won't be addressed if they just give the Dems a "bye" on the debt limit they've ignored for two and a half years.