That 'No Negotiation' Strategy

Monday, 30 January 2023

Let me start by saying that I think Democrats are doing just the right thing on their flat policy of non-negotiation on the debt-ceiling extension or increase. As several articles have reminded us today, Obama and Biden (and really all Democrats with their eyes open) learned this lesson in 2011-2013. But I think there's a slight clarification or additional elaboration that could help Democrats anticipate one line of attack from congressional Republicans. No one - not the White House or any Democrats on Capitol Hill - is saying they won't negotiate the federal budget or how much the country should be spending on this or that priority or how much debt the country should take on.