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  •  Boehner had Obama over a barrel from the start. (2+ / 0-)
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    FindingMyVoice, skohayes

    Obama's highest priority, if he could get nothing else, was to prevent default.

    Boehner's highest priority was to bring down the president. If a default happened, he expected Obama to be blamed by the public for it. Besides, many in the GOP caucus believe (mistakenly) default would be no more damaging than the 1995 government shutdown over the budget.

    If default didn't happen, he could force the President to accept budget cuts that would damage the President's standing with his base and weaken his re-election chance.

    Either way, Boehner wins. His dead-in partisanship put Obama in an impossible position.

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    by Kimball Cross on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 05:21:26 AM PDT

    •  the position wasn't impossible (1+ / 0-)
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      He said don't call my bluff...once he admitted it was a bluff, it was game set match.

      "But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower." - President Obama, 12-07-2010

      by justmy2 on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 05:29:49 AM PDT

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    •  Jonathan Cohn notes... (2+ / 0-)
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      FindingMyVoice, Kimball Cross
      Why we’re in this situation (hint: it involves this guy) and what progressives could do to repair the damage afterwards (hint: it involves the Bush tax cuts) will be the subject of another post. For now, though, the best outcome would be to make this awful deal less awful. And even that may not be possible. As Greg Sargent concludes, "it appears the GOP is on the verge of a huge and unprecedented victory." But that may be a foregone conclusion.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 05:31:17 AM PDT

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