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  •  I think the GOP (3+ / 0-)
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    was ridiculous to decide the debt ceiling was the choke point when they have two better choke points - CR expiration and sequester.

    They just wised up on where the best ground lay for them.

    •  I agree (4+ / 0-)

      Their having done so (or having appeared to have done so) was either their own version of 11DC (hah and as if), or else indicative that they're not quite as politically smart and united as we give them credit for.

      Fault lines in the GOP, within and between each chamber, and on the whole. Obama's getting smarter at seeing and, more importantly, exploiting them.

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

      by kovie on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:05:00 AM PST

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    •  The sequester is not framed in terms (3+ / 0-)
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      favorable to Republicans either; the cuts on their side are much more painful than the cuts on our side (thanks, Jake Lew!).

      The CR is a better rallying point for them. Shutting down the government is not particularly popular, but it's more popular than crashing the economy and more popular with defense lobbyists than those defense cuts.

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