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What We Learned: Quit When You're Behind

November 21, 2010

-- Republican freshmen are coming to grips with the differences between campaigning and governing. House Minority Leader and Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the GOP-controlled House are going to be responsible for raising the debt ceiling next year after many Tea Party-backed new members whacked their defeated Democratic opponents for doing just that on the campaign trail this year. Without the painful ceiling boost, the country defaults on its bills. Also adding to Boehner's problems: how many Democrats will want to hold out simply to watch incoming Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) squirm to count the 218 votes he needs to keep the financial system from going defunct?

-- Look how far we've come in terms politicization of the new START treaty. The first START treaty was supported by 93 senators; the second iteration earned the backing of 87. And the new START treaty is struggling to get the two thirds it needs for ratification. In the next Congress, 14 Republicans would be needed to sign on to ratify the new treaty if the lame duck Congress can't do it. 

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