Shot: "We love watching the spats on their side," a Republican Senate aide told me. "Right now, believe it or not, we are much more unified than they are --even our moderates are on board." --Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
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Much of what transpired this past week has been baked into a dynamic that's existed in the GOP for a very long time. It was always going to be impossible for House Republicans to get a budget through the Senate that the right flank of their party didn't reject. Democrats, in my view, made a huge error in not recognizing this -- that they still control about three-fourths of the decision making apparatus -- and adopting the GOP view that spending, for whatever reason, must be cut.
Republicans claimed a huge mandate, over-reached and will now have to scale back their ambitions. Viewed in isolation, it looks like a huge cave. But viewed over a span of months, they achieved much larger policy gains than a party in their position should, and Democrats have themselves to blame for that.
But, credit where due -- once that was set in stone, Schumer played the chess game pretty flawlessly.