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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The Hail Mary strategy proposed by Democrats late last week to end the government shutdown is predicated on one small miracle: moderate Republicans defying their leadership to bring a clean spending bill to the House floor.

But even if the strategy ultimately fails, which now seems likely, Democrats still see it as an opportunity to call out those supposed moderates -- the Peter Kings and Charlie Dents -- who have talked a big game about ending the shutdown, but failed to follow through when presented a procedural path to do it.

"This is a way to smoke out people who say they want to keep the government open right now," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), one of the plan's architects, told TPM in an interview Monday. "This is an opportunity for them to put their signatures where their mouths are."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said again on the Senate floor Saturday that Speaker John Boehner must bring the Senate spending bill up for a vote, asserting that Boehner told Reid it was the bill he wanted.

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a top House Republican, reminded TPM in an interview that President Obama voted against raising the debt limit while serving as a senator in 2006.

"I think there's a little hypocrisy on the part of the president. When he was in the Senate, he never voted to raise the debt ceiling and actually voted against it," Cole, a deputy majority whip, said. "Lectured everyone on the morality of debt. and is now asking us to do for him what he wouldn't do for George Bush."

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