The Fever and the Cliff

9:15 a.m. E.T.

From “Morning Joe”:

The other big element which is out there, not a January 1 thing, but an early 2013 thing, is raising the debt ceiling. And, remember, for the House Republicans that was a big bargaining chip and a big element. We don’t know the exact date but when people talk about a deal that’s one thing you got to factor in: will House Republicans be willing to give an extension to deal with tax reform and other things that no one thinks can be dealt with in the lame duck or early next year with and get something in return for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling. I’m ready to admit the first thing I’ve already been wrong about, in the second Obama term, I think when the President said, “The fever will break,” if he’s re-elected and a deal will come into place more easily — still difficult but more easily than has happened so far — I was skeptical of that. I think, based on Speaker Boehner’s interview with ABC yesterday and what Republicans are saying in general about the necessity of reaching a deal and kind of moving on, I think it’s going to be tough but I think the President was right that the environment is different. And I think his remarks later today, which are a huge deal in this process, I think will reflect the fact that he sees a different environment, a different possibility. The Senate is ready to do a deal and Speaker Boehner is a big part of the final solution and I think he looks like he’s ready to do a deal.

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