The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “DC QUIET (?) amid RISING hopes of deal to end shutdown” (Web-site/URL: http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/11/20905319-dc-quiet-amid-rising-hopes-of-deal-to-end-shutdown?lite).
“Washington was UNUSUALLY quiet Friday amid GREEN SHOOTS OF OPTIMISM that a deal to reopen the government and raise the national debt COULD be near after 11 days of BLUSTER and BLAME-PLACING“. “could be” IS NOT a guarantee and we have yet another/the latest example of BLAMING & CRITICIZING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).
“An aide for House Speaker John Boehner confirmed that the Obama and Boehner spoke by phone Friday as negotiations continued at the staff level. “They agreed that we should all KEEP TALKING“, which again has proven to be UNPRODUCTIVE.
“White House spokesman Jay Carney said the two leaders had a “GOOD conversation” and that House Republicans are showing “a recognition that we need to REMOVE default as a weapon in budget negotiations“. Again we have to wonder: WILL THIS HAPPEN?
“Carney said Friday (October 11, 2013) that Obama has “a number of concerns” with the short-term extension of the debt limit, saying that a brief delay in the deadline would leave the country with the same “dynamic” of fiscal conflict in another six weeks. But, he added, there are areas where the White House believes agreement can be reached”.
According to Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., (speaking) of the impact of the SHARPLY ANTI-GOP sentiment reflected in the poll”, “There’s no question it (the poll) catches the attention of politicians on BOTH sides and HOPEFULLY FOCUSES THEM TOWARDS A SOLUTION“. Well, IF POLITICIANS are paying attention to these latest polls, Republicans will surely be in DAMAGE CONTROL mode while Democrats will surely try to TAKE ADVANTAGE OF this situation.
According to Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., “the chairman of the all-important House Appropriations Committee”, “Well, we read the newspapers, and listen to the press, especially TV“. There are TWO things to note here. First who DOESN’T “read the newspapers and listen…to the TV?” Secondly the House Appropriations Committee is considered “all-important” because it SETS SPECIFIC EXPENDITURES.
“Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, called the meeting ” ANOTHER PREDICTABLE LECTURE” from Obama”.
Finally, “Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, “who has been working on her own compromise proposal”, finished off: “It was a good exchange, but it was an INCONCLUSIVE exchange“. That’s the word on the street around Capitol Hill right now: INCONCLUSIVE.
To conclude, DC is ANYTHING BUT“quiet”. THERE IS STILL PLENTY OF CHATTER GOING ON.