Democrats’ Perplexing Political Miscalculation

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) takes questions from reporters following the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., October 5, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein
/Reuters)
Biden is mistaken if he thinks he will escape responsibility for any breach in the debt limit.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E ven though the debt limit showdown appears to have been temporarily postponed, Democrats remain committed to a strategy aimed at trying to pressure Republicans to join them in raising the ceiling. But the strategy is rooted in a core political miscalculation.

For months, Democrats have steadfastly refused to use the reconciliation process to raise the debt ceiling on a pure party-line basis. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer has called the idea a “nonstarter.” House speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would rule out the idea of using the procedural maneuver to overcome any Republican filibuster. President Biden has said he cannot guarantee

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