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  •  This isn't a victory (8+ / 0-)

    This is punting.  Yes, it's a blank check but it expires in May at which point they'll be back taking hostages and making like this is all Obama's fault again.

    •  Even most Republicans have grasped the fact (4+ / 0-)

      that if they actually refused to raise the debt ceiling and forced the U.S. into default, that would really harm the economy and (here's the important part for them) they would be the ones blamed for it by American voters.

      Yeah, they may make noise about negotiating over the debt ceiling again, but everyone now realizes they don't really mean it. It's like threatening Obama with the comfy chair.

    •  Thank you for recognizing this. (1+ / 0-)
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      It seems that there are some who are celebrating because they think this is the end of the debt limit issue.  It isn't.  In three to four more months, this is going to come back and have to be argued and fought again.  I thought we were trying to end this kind of "government by crisis"!  

      "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

      by 3goldens on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:56:45 PM PST

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      •  The issue will be back (1+ / 0-)
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        But each time they back down, they lose that chip for a little bit more of their term and they lose another chunk of credibility (that is, their credibility when they say they won't raise the debt ceiling).

        They swore up and down they wouldn't raise taxes, but they did.  They demanded all kinds of cuts for a dollar of borrowing, and accepted none.  Yeah, it's temporary, but Obama's learning to just ignore them and move on.

      •  My read (0+ / 0-)

        is that the GOP is desperate to avoid this issue - which somehow the Obama people saw.

        They are never going to the wall again on this.

        Bottom line: they are scared of Obama.

        The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

        by fladem on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:02:14 PM PST

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        •  I'd like to believe that the GOP (0+ / 0-)

          is scared of Obama, but after all the nonsense they've pulled during the last 4 years, I just don't see them as scared of him.  I don't see what has occurred to cause them to switch from being bullies to now being afraid of their "victim" (bad analogy probably but they sured treated him with zero respect for those past 4 years).  Anyway, I do HOPE that you're right.  It would sure make a definite difference in the productivity level of Congress.

          "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

          by 3goldens on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:18:45 PM PST

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