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View Diary: Why does Boehner want to kick the can? (88 comments)

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  •  Polls right now indicate . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, wewantthetruth

    that the public sees the GOP as the most likely obstacle to a deal.  e.g. there was either a Washington Post or Pew poll a few days ago.

    Also, the period immediately after the election is when the president's approval is likely to be at its highest.  The GOP is angling for time so that it can make a deal later.  The goal is to get a temporary measure so that they don't get blamed, attention shifts, then when things return, the political dynamic may shift and they may have more leverage.  That's the gamble.

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