Does Senator John Kerry actually listen to himself talk?  Only a politician such as Senator Kerry could fail to grasp his own absurdity here.  It was OK for Senator Obama to oppose raising the debt limit when he was in Congress because there was no chance his position had enough support to pass.  In other words, his position was unserious.  Now that Obama is in the White House and there are enough Republicans to make Obama's "symbolic" position a reality, Democrats are calling it a threat to national security.  Symbolic of what exactly?  Not only does Kerry see no problem with this, he actually argues that it's fine for a Senator to position himself to run for President by making unserious threats that we now know he had no intention of going through with if there were even the remotest possibility that it might succeed.  Only in Washington.