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Senate Dems may be able to force the House to deal with the debt limit.

The history of Newt Gingrich's losses against Bill Clinton suggests a decisive Obama victory in the debt fight really could matter over the long term.

  • Jonathan Bernstein
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  • Jan 14, 2013
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If Dems move to pass a clean debt limit hike, Republicans may be harder pressed to oppose it than you might think.

All Jay Carney did today was refuse to take a position on whether such an option is even legal or viable.

The pressure to raise the debt ceiling is about to get a good deal more intense.

Republicans are painstakingly defining the debt ceiling hike as a concession they will be making to Obama, rather than as something that must be done to protect the country from financial disaster. And news orgs are playing along.

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The White House and Democrats appear to be fully engaged for the fight to come. They will have to be.

The "mint the coin" campaign is greeted with derision, even as the GOP's threat to blow up the economy is greeted with yawns.

Still more signs emerge that the debt ceiling doesn't give Republicans the leverage they've claimed.

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