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The Password is....Reconciliation

You may not remember the hit game show Password. It was such a big deal fans can buy DVDs of the CBS years 1962-67 (cue Jerry Seinfeld: "Who are these people?"). Password awarded money if a player identified the secret word based on clues provided by their playing partner. The audience heard the word in advance, voice-of-God style. So?

By my count, 142,130 words have been spoken in the eight GOP presidential debates. The most important word surfaced twice at the Washington Post-Bloomberg debate. That word? Reconciliation: the procedural key to repealing President Obama's health care law (which is the context Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney raised it). It could also be used to enact tax reform.

GOPers now sense they might run the House and Senate in 2013 and have the reconciliation power to do big things with a GOP president or confront a re-elected Obama. This explains the current flat tax fever. Either way, the password is reconciliation.

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