Democrats also believe Republicans would shoulder more blame after Aug. 2, and have been sending that signal in an effort to win their cooperation on a debt deal.
“We have been telegraphing to [the] GOP that they lose leverage after default because the president has the bully pulpit,” said a Senate Democratic leadership aide.
While Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) Thursday gave McConnell credit for at least taking action to prevent a default, he also said that it was out of political considerations.
“Sen. McConnell put on the floor a proposal that at least would avoid default with all its awful consequences,” Schumer said. “He did it for political reasons ... because he knew that if we defaulted it would fall on the backs of the Republican Party.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.