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daily 10/16/2013

    • The GOP will actually get less out of the final deal being brokered than the party would have gotten had House conservatives never staged their revolt on Obamacare. In fact, the drama is likely to end with Republicans ceding policy concessions to Democrats. …
    • But you can already see how the conservative base will remember this episode. It won’t be a story of Republicans making a huge strategic error and bumbling into an Obamacare-defunding fight without the votes to ever win. It will be a story of wimpy party leaders selling out. The shutdown would have been winnable if they hadn’t sold out. 
    • but I see it does include the “full Vitter” punishment of Hill staffers and members of Congress, and it limits the Treasury’s ability to move money around, as promised:
    • I am proud, at least, that my boss recognizes how crazy and mean-spirited it is to treat Congressional staff this way, and I am grateful that he’s willing to take a tough vote on Vitter for the sake of his employees.
    • Frankly, some of us may move up the ladder a little quicker if there truly is an exodus. But who knows how it will turn out. Either way, I’d love to give the full Vitter a full Nelson.
    • My concern is the slippery slope where Members of Congress are essentially ashamed of their jobs and continually self-flagellate for a short term boost in the polls.
    • Ultimately, it’s not the de facto pay cut that bothers most staffers, it’s the insult to their professionalism.
    • “It’s very, very serious,” said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. “Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable.”
    • But he said that not all members of the party had gotten that message, adding that “I think the House Republicans still believe they can get concessions for doing their job.”
    • “If Republicans aren’t willing to set aside their partisan concerns in order to do what’s right for the country, we stand a good chance of defaulting,” Mr. Obama told reporters Monday at Martha’s Table, a Washington-area food bank, “and defaulting could have a potentially devastating effect on the economy.
    • The influential conservative group Heritage Action also opposed the House proposal soon after it was announced, and conservatives close to the House leadership expressed alarm that they had shut down the government and would get nothing for it except a punitive measure restricting their own staff’s healthcare, according to senior House Republican aides

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