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WITH THE GOVERNMENT shutdown entering its third week and the debt-ceiling crisis 48 hours away, time is running out to avert a global calamity.
 But, there is a way out. It’s hiding in plain sight. We call it the “escape hatch” in an analysis this morning.
GOP radicals won’t budge but default threat may move centrists
One has to be a bit of a wonk to figure it out, but that’s exactly what Princeton Prof. Paul Krugman is – he’s also a columnist at The New York Times.
It requires knowledge of the arcana of the rules under which the House of Representatives – and the U.S. Senate – operate. It also involves knowing the radicals in the House GOP
caucus have maneuvered themselves into a hole and they just keep on digging.
A coalition of “realist Republicans” and all the Democrats in the House might just get the entire world out of the jam we are in.
If just 18 GOP centrists join with Democrats, they could do an end run around the Tea Party, vote to reopen the government and avoid default.

We’ve written several times recently about how the crazy radical right wing of the GOP has taken the party hostage and is living in a fantasy world.
In GOP losing its grip on reality: fantasy ‘policy’ proposals abound we zeroed in on Rep Paul Ryan, chairman of the house Budget Committee, who has proposed one fantasy budget after another.
 Any solution to the current crisis is going to have to outflank him and others of his ilk.
On Monday, Krugman outlined the “escape hatch” in his column titled The Dixiecrat Solution
Citing the historical example of when minority Republicans allied with Southern Democrats to ram conservative bills through Congress, Krugman suggest the time is now for the reverse.

“There is, however, another solution, and everyone knows what it is. Call it Dixiecrats in reverse,” he wrote.
Ah! The elegance of it.
Do an end run around the speaker and the Tea Party. Wed the entire Democratic Party with those Republicans not afraid of the radical right and presto!
Crisis over.
For now.
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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell

    In the (K)now blog Http://

    by Warren Swil on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:03:31 AM PDT

  •  The Republican Rules Committee made it (11+ / 0-)

    impossible for a Discharge Petition gambit to be used which is what I think Krugman is getting at.

    There is one Republican you have to get through and that is Cantor who is the ONLY person in the Congress who will be allowed to bring forth any CR bill from what I understand.

    Think Cantor is going to bring forth a clean CR? I personally doubt it. Why he allowed himself to become the official ass of the Pin The Tail on Who to Blame for Default, I have no idea.. The economic wreckage in Virginia is already heavy.

    Maybe he is such an ideologue he just doesn't care. Maybe he plans to take a cushy retirement at some corporatist RWNJ think tank. Maybe he will be a new MSNBC "political analyst". Who knows? But I would suspect the Golden Parachute is all packed for him.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:13:37 AM PDT

  •  You're making a huge assumption (3+ / 0-)
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    IsaacKuo, Mighty Ike, JamieG from Md

    ...That there are any Republican realists.  And that no Blue Dog Democrats will cross the other way.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:43:34 AM PDT

    •  Pete King (0+ / 0-)

      already said he would support a clean CR and might support discharge petition.
      There may be others who would, too.
      If the Dems hold firm, all they need is 18 others.

      In the (K)now blog Http://

      by Warren Swil on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:53:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  as long as 1 of those 18 (1+ / 0-)
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        is named ERIC CANTOR or JOHN BOEHNER.

        Otherwise, they could have all the cross-over support they want and it wont happen.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 09:35:52 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  But voted for shutdown (0+ / 0-)

        When do you figure out that the "moderate" Republicans are just posturing and lying to their constituents?

        Just 18 others.  You know who Eric Cantor will be working over, don't you?

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 09:50:05 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  why is this still coming up? (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, wdrath

    NO BILL will be brought to the floor without the approval of Boehner and/or Cantor.  Period.

    There is no "end run".  There is no "exception" or way to "force them to vote".  The House is NOT the Senate.

    It won't happen until the Speaker (by overall rule of House procedure on EVERYTHING) or Cantor (as Majority Leader with regard of the recent rule change regarding CR's) says it can happen.

    We have made the motion to bring the Clean CR as passed by the Senate to the floor no less then ONE HUNDRED TIMES by Unanimous Consent requests, sometimes as many 20 times in a row, and every time it was ruled out by the chair as a violation of standing rules.

    Stop posting these "magic solutions".  They are not viable.

    Here are the two categories for every possible option of getting this through the House:

    1.  Get Boehner or Cantor to offer the bill.
    2.  Other stuff that wont work.

    Think about which category your idea falls into before posting.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:58:48 AM PDT

  •  Warren - you are out of date (1+ / 0-)
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    The House GOP Rules Committee stopped that end run. It can't be done.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:13:09 AM PDT

  •  that's an interesting idea, but (0+ / 0-) could this possibly work if Boehner continues to refuse the House of Misrepresentatives to vote on any bill other than the bill he wants?

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