“McConnell is a very clever guy. He set up an intricate, multi-tiered trap to deliver on his promise to get Obama out of office and devastate the Democrats…”

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Congressman DeFazio at a Populist Caucus presser in May.
Congressman DeFazio at a Populist Caucus presser in May.
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“We see it as a trap….If you’re going to do something like that you shouldn’t have to [do it three times] and all this B.S.”

- That quote’s from Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) pushing back on the McConnell non-deal deal for the debt ceiling. Not that it matters if Democrats push back, any more than it matters that Speaker John Boehner wants to vote on balanced-budget amendment first.

What does matter is that Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s plan to let President Obama raise the debt ceiling is that involves a major review of and a vote on entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. As Greg Sargent writes, the main attraction of the McConnell proposal was supposed to be that it leaves those programs alone.

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner

"McConnell is a very clever guy. He set up an intricate, multi-tiered trap to deliver on his promise to get Obama out of office and devastate the Democrats..."

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