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David Corn: The Times Gets It Wrong on the Debt Deal

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The overarching political reality of the Obama-Boehner negotiations was that Boehner could not guarantee his caucus's support of the package he was trying to assemble with the president. He did not have control of his own troops. Obama gave Boehner a choice: boost the revenue portion of the plan, or scale back the entitlement reductions. Boehner and his aides were not immediately put off by this. His negotiators mulled this over for a day or so. Then Boehner--after refusing to return a phone call form the president for 24 hours--again abruptly turned tail and publicly accused the president of rewriting the terms.

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