Madame L just read a hilarious column, "How to turn the GOP into a party of liberals," which suggests that this current version of the Republican Party, the Party of No, would say "No" to anything Pres. Obama proposes.
Therefore, if Obama wanted Congress to pass a bill allowing the debt ceiling to be raised, all he would have to do is say he doesn't want it.
In this scenario, Obama could make sure that Rep. Michele Bachmann would become the Republican presidential nominee simply by putting a giant "Anyone But Bachmann" sign on the White House. He could get the Republicans in the House to pass legislation restoring social services to the poor, elderly, and children simply by opposing such programs. And so on. You get the picture.
It's funny, and Madame L highly recommends it. It also gives Madame L a chance to remind you, Dear Readers, to contact your members of Congress.
Madame L doesn't even care if you tell them you want the opposite of what Madame L wants. Madame L just wants you to let them know what YOU want, so they will be able to represent you, Madame L, and all of their constituents.