In response to a question about whether now would be a good time for the president to present his own debt ceiling budget plan, White House spokesman Jay Carney had this to say: "Leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down and likely voted down..."

Assuming Carney's thinking reflects the president's -- and there is little reason to think otherwise since the president hasn't actually put forth his own plan -- it's a curious admission. If leadership is not putting forth one's own plan, then what is it? Or perhaps this is the domestic policy equivalent of leading from behind, as Steve Hayes noted.

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