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Touting "Innate" GOP Advantage, Wash. Post Ignores Wash. Post

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Offering up a summation of political lessons supposedly learned from watching the debt ceiling negotiations, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza points to the fact that Republicans fought the battle on their "home field" [emphasis added]:

The turf on which any battle or game is being fought matters. It's true in war, sports and politics. The debt ceiling debate proved that once again as Republicans took advantage of the fact that on matters of spending, debt and the size of government there is an innate sense among the electorate that the GOP is better equipped to make the right decisions. Republicans knew from the start that they started from a position of relative strength because of those general perceptions and, as a result, were willing to push harder and stick closer to their original negotiating position.

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Eric Boehlert is the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006). He worked for five years as a senior writer for Salon.com, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. Prior to that, he worked as a (more...)
 

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