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  •  It's better than normal, but ain't a victory yet! (0+ / 0-)

    We have yet to see what concessions this pries loose, or whether the can just gets kicked down the road until the next crisis. You'll pardon my skepticism, but this is still a very fluid situation that is not resolved, and so there's nothing to bank.

    Among other things, the teabaggers clearly flexed their muscles and THEY won, in part, by simply being able to force the GOP to shut down the government, despite the resistance by Establishment Repugs. Even if nothing is gotten in return, they will pay no price, since they accomplished the goal of creating chaos. Which means they will be back for more, even if it hurts the GOP (which they SO do not really give a crap about, given their -- teabaggers -- jerrymandered safe districts and Koch bros. et al. independent funding sources).

    "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Kombema on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 10:17:33 AM PDT

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    •  Even if there is a concession (2+ / 0-)
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      KJB Oregon, mmacdDE

      like the delay of the medical device tax, there is no way in hell the Republicans pull this stunt again during this Congress or the remainder of Obama's term. Boehner chose to adopt the Tea Party's tactics, and it is now evident to everyone (save the teabaggers themselves) that it was a disastrous choice. Between alienating the Tea Party on the one hand, and the general population and (more importantly) the party's financial backers on the other, Boehner now has proof positive that the correct answer is always "Fuck the Tea Party". The Republicans might recover enough to keep the House next year, but only if Boehner never utters the words "government shutdown" or "default on our debt" again. The TP morons in congress will bray, but they will be kept in line. The reactionary base, however, will be harder to control.

      •  No. They might not do it again this session. But (1+ / 0-)
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        slothlax

        they will most assuredly do it again after the 2014 elections, especially if they pick up House and Senate seats.

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