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WILL WARREN WING SCUTTLE BUDGET DEAL? - Speaker John Boehner delivered on his promise to pass a bipartisan budget bill through the House, and he’s taking plenty of blowback from conservatives for it. But the real test for the two year can-kick seems to be whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can tame an increasingly unruly liberal wing of his own party. Far-left senators like Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Al Franken, D-Minn., Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., can’t be happy about maintaining more than half of the spending caps from the 2011 debt-limit deal and making no provisions for extended welfare benefits. Given that so many Democrats are secretly rooting for a shutdown, it might even seem like the strategic thing to do for a party stuck in the bogs of ObamaCare. Reid, who needs four Republican votes if he has all 56 Democrats on board, will have to pick up one GOPer for every liberal who walks away from the deal. Boehner found a way. Can Reid? And as Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said, “I’m not sure of anything,” when it comes to the vote count. Read more from Fox News.
Go nuke yourself - Republicans don’t mind squeezing Reid as he tries to corral what’s been called the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of the Democratic Party. After all, Reid just nuked filibusters on presidential nominations, so his demands for swift acquiescence sounded like laugh lines in the Red Team locker room. Among those already out: Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Sessions says he will lead a filibuster. Reid may be able to count on moderate members like John McCain, R-Ariz., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, but so far, they’re not saying.
[Double-Barreled Blast - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. calls the budget deal a “charade” in his column for Breitbart. Former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, (a Fox News contributor)goes farther in her Breitbart OpEd: “…here we are still pretending that there are no real world consequences to running up near trillion dollar deficits year after year with no end in sight.”]