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  •  I don't buy it . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    From what I've heard the problem that arose was that Boehner had difficulty selling a deal to his caucus.  He didn't fully appreciate the difficulty, nor did Obama and his people appreciate the difficulty that Boehner himself would have.  The idea was to try to get enough Dems and enough Republicans to patch together a deal in the House -- which meant that both sides would throw their respective bases under the bus in an attempt to forge an agreement.

    Obama could take claim as a consensus builder, and he would do it in a way that is very popular with Serious People in DC (e.g. read: business lobbies, editorial boards at places like the Washington Post, some of the think tanks).

    Never mind that the fight itself happened in part because the White House failed to include the debt ceiling negotiation as part of the compromise over the Bush tax cut extensions in December 2010.  Worth noting that I heard people talking about this issue as far back as June 2010 before the mid-terms as a possible consequence of a GOP win.  So it's not like this fight was unforseen.

    Additionally there are aspects of that "Grand Bargain" -- raising Social Security eligibility age, a new cost of living increase formula that would be terrible news for lower income seniors.  The thing about this too, if you listen to Obama at the convention and during the debate, he hasn't fully walked away from making these kind of moves either.

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