This really isn’t a crisis anymore. It’s an impasse. The negotiations are NOT about the numbers. There is no way that Tea Party Republicans are going to get real cuts until after 2012.
In 2012, there is a chance, a very slight chance that they can get to 61 votes in the Senate, plus win the White House.
That’s what the debate is about.
The Democrats want the debate on debt, since it’s so toxic to their election chances, to happen post November 12.
The Republicans want the debt debate before the election.
How do you solve that? Please, give some suggestions in the comments. I know there are people in DC that read this blog-maybe you will come up with the way to split Solomon’s Baby.