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- Those who think going over the cliff is bad are in a tough position because the Gang of 500 is surprisingly open to the notion that markets won’t panic if that happens.
- The most important thing to remember about White House-Hill budget negotiations is that a deal among the leaders and the President won’t necessarily have the votes to pass the House.
- Read #2 above again.
- There is no deal President Obama would sign that would get more House Republican votes than House Democratic votes. That is true as both a matter of policy and politics.
- Don’t make Christmas or New Year’s plans.