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  •  Well, as Digby often points out (2+ / 0-)
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    howd, evangeline135

    It appears that it was teabagger Repubs, not Dems, who killed previous attempts at a "Grand Bargain" because they weren't crazy far-right enough for the former, and not because they were too far right for Dems. I have to assume that even though this election has moved the goalposts a bit leftward so the specifics will be ever so little tilted out way, it's still going to be much the same dynamic. I.e. that anything that doesn't give enough away to the far right and/or requires that they give away too much will be DOA from a RW, not LW pov.

    Which to me gives shrewd Dems a convoluted 11D chess way to prevent such cuts, by "grudgingly" offering the GOP a deal that while certainly bad from our pov, won't be quite awful enough to make them able to accept it, thus forcing us all off the "cliff" and getting the post-cliff clock started, which is likely to lead to a better deal from our pov, since every passing day without a deal post-cliff makes the GOP looks worse than it does Dems, especially since everybody will know that it was the GOP that killed the deal, not us, a deal we hated but were willing to make in a "spirit of compromise and bipartisanship".

    It's a very dangerous gambit, of course, one that the GOP might well anticipate and lead us on in order to get us to make a bad deal that we believe they won't accept, which they'll then accept, in a "spirit of compromise and bipartisanship". And until its end game unfolds it will cause a huge outcry on the left (perhaps justifiably as Dems could play US with such a maneuver). But if played right, with good intel on the GOP whip count (surely our side has SOME plants on terra wingnut), it might just yield a much better deal than is currently likely.

    Ok, back to planet earth for me...

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

    by kovie on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:03:05 PM PST

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