[L]iterally two days have passed since Obama signed the debt ceiling deal creating the super-committee, and the debate over it is already carrying echoes of the last one, in which Dems were confident they would win if they occupied some sort of reasonable middle ground while painting the GOP as uncompromising and ideologically rigid.
Indeed, Nancy Pelosi told new media reporters today that if Republicans “want to draw lines in the sand” they will “look like the obstructionists.”
“You won’t see me drawing lines in the sand,” Pelosi continued. She was making a purely political case here, and given Pelosi’s track record, I expect she will push hard for committee appointments that will try to hold the line on entitlements benefits and new revenues. But Congressional Dems appear to be again proceeding from the assumption that they will win politically if they signal more flexibility at the outset on core prorities, while painting Republicans who are making it clear that they won’t budge on their priorities as extreme and crazy.