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Continued: Analysis: Ending standoff: Options, but little will

  • Article by: WILLIAM DOUGLAS , McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Last update: October 3, 2013 - 9:40 PM

“If the deal were big enough and worth doing, maybe Boehner could bring it back to the House and pass it with Democratic support,” Bixby said. “It could be a package that appeals to the centers of both parties.”

Of course, all of these options are contingent upon all sides having the will to compromise, something that isn’t easy in today’s superheated 24-hour news cycle, according to Paul Begala, a former Clinton adviser.

“The democratization of the media makes things like negotiating harder,” Begala said. “I’m not saying I long for the days of smoke-filled rooms, but …”

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