Three days ago, Washington was preoccupied with the prospect of a “grand bargain” between President Obama and congressional Republicans over deficit reduction. Obama would offer $3 trillion in spending cuts – including changes in Social Security and Medicare – and in return, Republicans would provide $1 trillion in additional revenues and lift the debt ceiling. For Republicans, this was a great deal. Democrats were handing them an opportunity to defund vital parts of the welfare state, a long-time conservative goal. All the GOP had to do was take it. They refused.
John Boehner has lost control of the House GOP. All hell may break loose.

Three days ago, Washington was preoccupied with the prospect of a “grand bargain” between President Obama and congressional Republicans over deficit reduction. Obama would offer $3 trillion in spending cuts – including changes in Social Security and Medicare – and in return, Republicans would provide $1 trillion in additional revenues and lift the debt ceiling. For Republicans, this was a great deal. Democrats were handing them an opportunity to defund vital parts of the welfare state, a long-time conservative goal. All the GOP had to do was take it. They refused.

John Boehner has lost control of the House GOP. All hell may break loose.

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