Can A McConnell-Biden Deal Really Pass The House?
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December 31, 2013 - 12:20pm
As of two weeks ago, the conventional wisdom was that bargaining had to take place between Democrats and John Boehner because the House of Representatives was the sticking point for negotiations. As of today, bargaining is taking place between Democrats and Mitch McConnell.
I see tactical virtues of that arrangement for conservatives, but no clear sign that the fundamental logic of the situation has shifted. We know from the failure of "Plan B" that there's substantially Republican opposition to casting an affirmative vote in favor of anything that does anything other than fully extend the Bush tax cuts. So a deal will need to pass with Democratic votes. And the House Democratic caucus is much more liberal than the Senate Democratic caucus. The Senate contains Democrats from Alaska, Akransas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana. It inclu...
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