One of the difficulties of the debt ceiling hostage dramas is that the mechanics are not readily understood. That makes public opinion squishy and tends to enable destructive behavior. But the public seems to be getting it this time. 58% of respondents in the new WaPo/ABC poll say the debt ceiling shouldn’t be held hostage to spending cuts, 36% say it should.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.