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  •  I dunno - they're pretty crazy. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz, cybersaur

    I think that making an prognostications about what they might or might not do at this juncture is very premature.

    Especially, since McConnell was not willing to say that they would not go there.  He totally dodged that question even after being asked repeatedly - and I don't think that was a negotiation strategy or a scare tactic - I think that was the crazy not talking.

    •  McConnell does not control the House. (1+ / 0-)
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      elwior

      And all Boney and the Ts have to do is not permit a debt limit lift to come to the floor. The problem with this no platinum coins bill, of course, is that it would have to get through the Senate and the WH, and there is probably no chance of that while this debt limit issue is hanging about.

      And it does not help the Rs that they are now going on TV and rattling about how a good shutdown would be good for their plans, before there is any claim that they are at a stalemate where such a desperate measure might be justified. They're suggesting it only because they want to do it and it shows their recklessness, the kind they want to be soothed by bribes that show their power.

      •  No duh. (1+ / 0-)
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        DRo

        But McConnell is a part of the Republican Leadership and in the last round ended up being the most relevant player on their side.

        In any case, they are crazy and I do not think that just because they are pretending to "maybe" not be interested in pushing absolutely every button they can, is any indication of what they really will do, ultimately.

        The odds that they turn out to be Lucy with the football again are just too high.

    •  McConnell is a special case because he's up (0+ / 0-)

      for re-election in 2014. He probably doesn't want to say anything definitive until he's sure which way the wind is blowing.

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