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The Black Caucus snubs Obama, complicates the deal

Right Turn has obtained the “guidance” on the debt-ceiling deal sent by e-mail by the whip of the House Black Caucus, Andre Carson. It reads: “A quorum of the Caucus convened and agreed to abstain from voting until the majority of Republican members have voted on the debt ceiling package.”

That, of course, is in direct conflict with pledges made by the Democratic leadership to supply votes and thereby ensure bipartisan passage of the bill. A GOP aide authorized only to speak on background told me, “I expect strong support from our conference, but Democrats are expected to be a part of this bipartisan bill.”

I would put it differently. This is incredibly irresponsible and hypocritical, as well as a repudiation of their party’s promises. Recall that the left has been hollering about the Republicans “extorting” the country. Now it is a hefty chunk of the Democratic caucus that is doing just that.

UPDATE (4:41 p.m.): If this remains the Congressional Black Caucus’s position, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will have 39 fewer votes available to her to produce the assistance her party promised to secure passage of the debt-ceiling bill.

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