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Great, just great:

Debt Deal Emerging With Rightward Tilt

By Steven T. Dennis

Roll Call Staff

July 31, 2011, 6:07 p.m.

….Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said early reports of the new deal appeared to be “a sugar-coated Satan sandwich.” The Missouri Democrat said the CBC hadn’t yet made a formal declaration that the group would oppose it, “but this is a shady bill.”

“This deal trades people’s livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it,” ripped Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, before House Democrats had even been briefed. “The lesson today is that Republicans can hold their breath long enough to get what they want….”

Would anyone like to explain how touching the third rail so the republicans don’t have to is good public policy or smart politics?