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    Flash Poll – After Harry Reid kills the Boehner bill, the House should ….

    Flash Poll – After Harry Reid kills the Boehner bill, the House should ….

    Harry Reid, still reeling from his failure to kill the surge in Iraq, is planning to kill the Boehner bill tonight if the bill passes the House today (update — as of 4:30 not clear the bill will pass the House):

    “Today the House of Representatives will vote on Speaker Boehner’s short-term plan to raise the debt ceiling,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated. No Democrat will vote for a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now.”

    Often scheduling a vote in the Senate requires more than a two day wait. But to expedite the process, and to prove as swiftly as possible that Boehner’s plan is DOA in the Senate, Reid will move to table the bill. All Democrats will vote to table the legislation, Reid has said, and then it’s on to the next step.

    That would leave no pending legislation to address the debt ceiling.  This apparently is how Democrats measure success.

    The next step for for Republicans in the House should be?  (Poll open until 8 p.m. tonight, unless developments dictate a sooner close):


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    JEBurke | July 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I think Reid is very good at this legislative chicken and also more than willing to contradict himself. Thus, by declaring that the bill will be DOA in the Senate, he strengthens the hand of House Republicans who don’t like the bill (“But Speaker, why should I change my position and tick off my constituents to be yes vote number 216 for a bill that will be history tomorrow?”). If it fails the House, Reid has an 11th hour shot at persuading Boehner to deliver Republican votes for a Reid-Boehner “compromise” bill thaf would get House Dem votes too.

    If the Boehner bill should pass, Harry can fulfill his threat by immediately tabling it, giving his Dems the chance to go on the record against it. Then he can offer Boehner the same 11th hour deal as above with more sweeteners for Boehner since he will be backing off a plan he twisted GOP arms to pass.

    In a pinch, I think everyone will resurrect a version of McConnell’s fallback — raise the debt limit temporarily with the hard core of spending cuts everyone can agree on. I bet that is what Biden and McConnell are talking about. Won’t that mean Obama will have to backtrack on his adamant refusal to entertain a short-term fix? Yes, but he can easily take credit for his own lofty willingness to compromise and a Biden-McConnell provenance for a deal would enable him to take credif for beating back the House extremist horde and saving the nation from ruin.


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