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  •  Yeah. That's how I read things intially. (1+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse

    For example, you see some House progressives being pretty open about going over the cliff. I get the play. But I suppose what kind of sends me into WTF? mode is that the president and pelosi and reid are insisting on a deal before Christmas and using the threat of ruining Christmas to get it.

    I'm starting to think that perhaps the president wants to avoid any of this getting entangled with the debt ceiling. Maybe because Boehner knows the President wont be in the mood to negotiate over the debt ceiling again, giving Boehner the opportunity to get on the strong side of his caucus.

    So if the president is betting Boehner wants to use the debt ceiling to negotiate entitlement and tax policy, why wouldn't the president want to get tax and entitlement policy out of the way now in order to have a quiet ceiling vote?

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