Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Ezra Klein has a couple of good reports today on the bipartisan Senate deal to end the government shutdown and to raise the federal debt ceiling in his Wonkbook post, and this: If
Ted Cruz didn’t exist, Democrats would have to invent him:
The culmination of the [Cruz] strategy, today, is that Republicans are reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling in return for…nothing.
There are no policy concessions from the Democrats (income
verification is already part of Obamacare). There are no procedural
concessions from the Democrats. Just the opposite, in fact.
Democrats managed to get the budget conference they've been pursuing
for six months. They got a CR of the length they wanted and ending
before the next sequestration cuts rather than six-month CR that Sen.
Susan Collins proposed. They got a debt-ceiling increase all the way
into February. This is far beyond what Democrats thought possible on
But the strategy Ted Cruz managed to force on the GOP was so suicidal
that Democrats felt comfortable forcing Republicans to cave completely.
Laura Conaway prepared a different chart for the Rachel Maddow Show on Wednesday night. The GOP's epic defeat in one chart:
[T]he National Review posted a great early peek at House Republican demands leading up to the shutdown. You’ll see there were yet more that we couldn’t fit on the chart.
As I posted earlier this month, "President Obama is now free to go all Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) on the TanMan: "You get nothing! You lose! Good day sir!" That negotiation strategy worked.