Thursday, February 24, 2011

Please, please, shut it down

The sad fact of this is that Boehner and the Republican leadership in Congress would love to find a way to back down and avoiding a government shutdown, and unfortunately they'll probably be successful. 

The only reason the Democrats are willing to even willing to think about slowing down the spending increases is that they know the Republican base has put Boehner in a position where its hard for him to agree to anything that can't be spun as a cut.

The fact is that the louder the Republican base is in demanding cuts, the more the bargaining position of anyone on the Hill who wants cuts gets.  Its called credible pre-commitment.

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