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A Senate Dem leadership aide tells me the White House knew the letter was coming, but didn't propose it, and would have preferred if it had never been sent.

If that's true -- and I have no reason to think it isn't -- it at the very least suggests the White House doesn't want to be seen laying the groundwork for mooting the debt limit.

Maybe that's because they genuinely don't think they can moot the debt limit and they wish all this talk about platinum coins and the 14th Amendment would go away. But it's such a convenient posture for the White House -- unhappy about the pressure campaign, but somehow unable to convince Senate Dem leaders to back off -- that it makes me wonder.

After all, if the White House ends up working around the debt limit impasse, they'll want to appear to have been left no other choice.