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  •  Think you're hung up on the word 'after' (0+ / 0-)

    The coverage from the WSJ discussed what I thought was pretty widely disseminated after the election: some big compromise attached to the Bush tax cuts might involve a debt ceiling vote with secondary goals of freeing up the rest of the month to tackle other things on the agenda. That's what the diarist is discussing, and that's what Dem leaders in the Senate ultimately advised against. That might look unwise in the current light, but I've struggled to understand how people in hindsight, including Ezra Klein, can say it was an open-and-shut case.

    As a counterfactual, what if Obama had refused Reid's plea and insisted on a debt ceiling vote that tied the tax negotiations up for another two weeks and derailed Don't Ask Don't Tell or the START Treaty? Would that be an acceptable price? What if derailing the Lame Duck negotiations only hardened the Republican line, and we got nothing in return? We could potentially still be in the same fix, but with less stimulus in December 2010 and possibly the loss of DADT. I don't know the answer to any of these questions, but I don't think others definitively ruling on the matter do either.

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