January 23rd, 2013

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A sudden exit of drama queens

A most interesting thing happened on the Hill today. The GOP controlled House voted to suspend operation of the debt-ceiling until May. Ostensibly, this is to give time for Congress to actually pass a budget via regular order. As a further PR stunt inducement, the bill also withholds salaries for Members if Congress does not pass a budget.

There are several reasons for the GOP to do this. What is worth noting is that this has happened, for the first time, without much drama. In fact, we had a sudden exit of drama queens after seeing a veritable drama queen convention since November. So naturally the question is, why?

A few thoughts. It should be noted this does not mean that GOP House members have suddenly changed their overal opinions or are suddenly more willing to engage. But the current dynamic is interesting.

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