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Using the Debt Deal to Split the GOP

Republicans have done a great job over the past two years of tearing the Democratic Party apart. Their posture of relentless obstruction has pushed President Obama to compromise even more than he wanted to, 1 and the logic of politics says that any legislation that passes should be embraced as a legislative triumph. The resulting combination of compromise and the glorification of compromise has seriously alienated the progressive wing of the party 2 and provoked open warfare within the liberal base.
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