David Frum

01.23.13

Signs of Life from the GOP

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Keith Hennessy sees first signs of Republican tactical success on Capital Hill:

Tomorrow [i.e., today, January 23] the House will vote on a short-term debt limit extension tied to a requirement that the House and Senate each pass a budget resolution. … For two years the President and Leader Reid allied to bypass the standard legislative process and instead force fiscal policy to be negotiated in ad hoc private talks between the President and Speaker Boehner. This bill looks likely to produce a regular order two-fer: the President is largely on the sidelines on the details of this bill, and the Senate Democratic majority appears headed toward reestablishing the normal budget process.