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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Super Committee Was Doomed To Fail

Regardless of where you might stand on the lack of a deal from the Super Congress Committee, they were doomed to fail from the very start. Again, that might be a good thing depending on your view. Much has also been speculated on how Obama set this up to fail in order to gain some political capital and blame it on Republicans. I'd actually like to think that was true, that he gave them a taste of their own medicine. But I highly doubt it since Republicans chose their own six members to sit on the committee. They were the ones to set it up to fail. Here's why.

Immediately before all the members of the super committee were appointed, I recall Lawrence O'Donnell on his MSNBC Show suggesting that the only way the committee can operate as intended and negotiate in good faith with all the marbles on the table, was to make sure none of the appointees were Norquist pledge signers. Afterall, this was a debt commission and without the willingness to raise revenue to pay the bills there was no way a balanced deal could be reached.

Soon after O'Donnell's sharp observation, I wrote here that our worst fears have come true. All six Republicans appointed to the Super Congress Committee were pathetic Norquist pledgers.

On the flip side, it's worth to note how different the paid politicos and corporate talking heads viewed those chosen to serve on the committee. They predictably and laughably suggested the membership lineup on the super committee gave hope for a deal. Yeaaa rrright.

No doubt about it. For good or for bad, it was fated to happen. Republicans doomed it to fail.

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