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  •  I didn't say that Obama WILL do this (2+ / 0-)
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    As it would be profoundly stupid on both a policy and politics level. I didn't even say that Obama has SAID that he'll do this, which he has not AFAIK. All we have now is a single leak to a single reporter (even Chait hasn't reported so much as weighed in on it). Which is what makes me suspect it's a ruse.

    I hope Repubs don't read this blog!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 08:19:51 AM PST

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    •  On some of this, you just never know what (0+ / 0-)

      is really going on.  Ezra could have gotten a WH leak, but people leak for many reasons.  One reason could be to create the very uproar of opposition so as to say, I can't put that in any deal.  Another could be to soften people for it.  We just don't know.   But it does not hurt to raise hell and oppose.  :-)

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      by TomP on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 08:22:13 AM PST

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      •  Or, to guage response to it (1+ / 0-)
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        to help decide whether to do it or not. Or all of the above. But it's hard for me to believe that someone like Ezra could report such a huge thing if he wasn't sure it was coming from credible sources and not some rogue on their way out the door. He almost seemed to be struggling to contain an "I know something you don't but can't tell you what it is" smile when he reported this, like it wasn't to be taken at face value by those who know how leaks work.

        But whether this was 11DC or yet more stupid politics, our response has to be the same, of course: No freaking way!

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 08:26:29 AM PST

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