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July 24, 2011

It All Comes Down to Timing

If reports are correct, Democrats seem to be quickly caving to nearly all Republican demands for a debt ceiling increase: spending cuts that offset the debt limit increase with no additional revenues or tax increases. The only thing Democrats are still insisting on is that the debt ceiling is increased until at least 2013.

According to Jennifer Rubin, Boehner explained this to House Republicans on a conference call tonight: "The administration says they have to have it all upfront so we don't have to deal with this again until after the next election. You heard the president say that himself on TV the other night. We've seen this coming all year long. But here's the challenge: To stop him, we need a vehicle that can pass in both houses."

House Republicans seem to want to keep the issue alive through the 2012 elections while President Obama and the Democrats want it put rest. Yet nearly all of the major public opinion polls show Obama and Democrats to be consistently winning in the public relations battle on this issue. Why do Republicans want to keep it alive?


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