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View Diary: House debt limit vote coming tomorrow (52 comments)

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  •  How do you see this? I'm not seeing it. (0+ / 0-)
    •  Republicans have a problem. (0+ / 0-)

      Many of the Republican reps from uber-red districts are in a tight spot. Their consitituencies elected them to kill the federal government. They feel like they can't vote for any compromise measures or they will be primaried. The thing is, even these politicians recognize that the times call for a robust federal government and that crashing the economy is not a viable option. Never mind the fact that they are inherently at a weaker position because this house is a product of geremandering and not popularity.

      So what do they do? Cede the legislative process to the Democrats so they can pass the legislation needed to keep the country running. They're still free to vote against everything to their heart's desire -- they're votes just don't really matter. We saw this exact thing in the financial cliff negotiations, where the ultimate resolution was dictated by the democrats in the House and Senate.

      Redstate Republican reps live to fight another day because they can point to their voting records against any primary challenge. The economy doesn't get it's legs chopped off.

      Win, win, win. This looks like the new norm, right? What am I missing.

      •  Why did we give up so much in the financial cliff (0+ / 0-)

        negotiations if we had all the cards?  That's my issue...we have all the cards and are "running the show" and yet give up so much.  We were told it would never go above $250,000 and yet it did.

        Hell, SS was even put on the table by our side...Thank God it went no further than that.  However, the point is that our side made the offer and had zero reason to do so.

         So I just don't see how kicking the can a few months will an ultimatum to budget or we won't raise it again as a fold on their part. Not when we have a history of doing basically giving them most of what they ask for, even if we have the mandate and they have none.

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