Cracks in the GOP debt-ceiling wall

I agree with Greg Sargent – I made the same point on Hardball yesterday – that there’s growing evidence Republican Congressional leadership is nervous about forcing a second debt ceiling showdown with President Obama.Sure, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to take it off the table on the Sunday shows – but he also refused to commit to it. McConnell, who famously chuckled about how the 2011 disgrace showed the debt ceiling was “a hostage worth taking,” pointed to other GOP opportunities for a budget showdown, including the upcoming sequester deadline and the continuing resolution to keep the government running.Maybe more significant, House Speaker John Boehner told the Club for Growth’s Stephen Moore that while the debt ceiling is  “one point of leverage,” he “hedges,” in Moore’s words, insisting it’s “not the ultimate leverage.” Boehner thinks the sequester is the GOP’s “stronger card,” Moore wrote in the Wall Street Journal, and Moore agrees, insisting “It now appears that the president made a severe political miscalculation when he came up with the sequester idea in 2011.”Continue Reading…

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Cracks in the GOP debt-ceiling wall


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