The fact that the Senate GOP leader must watch his back against the national Tea Party could make this fall's coming confrontations even crazier.
Still more signs emerge that Republicans don't have the leverage in the debt ceiling fight they claim.
Still more signs emerge that the debt ceiling doesn't give Republicans the leverage they've claimed.
The truth is it's extremely hard to evaluate these things even when everything is done and public
Democrats seem to be settling for a smaller deal.
The GOP insistence on retaining leverage over the debt ceiling means Repubs are willing to threaten to damage the whole country to get their way.
The President signals to GOP leaders that if we do go over the cliff, he intends to extract maximum political pain for it.
Every empty seat on a federal bench is another reason why Senate reform is essential.
Dems pass the first test of whether they can remain united on the debt ceiling
Business leaders don't want another rerun of the 2011 debt limit debacle.