Cantor’s opening debt limit move: Allow a ‘clean vote’ fail 

The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien staked out the Republican Conference meeting today and got this nugget from Majority Whip Eric Cantor about a possible clean vote on raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling: “If it is necessary for us to tell the president that it is dead on arrival in the House, I believe we can do that.”

This seems like a good opening move for conservatives. It is hard to think of a single Republican who would vote for a clean debt hike and there may even be some moderate Democrats who don’t want to go on record in favor of unlimited deficit spending. Considering that 51 senators are already on record against a clean debt hike, it is unlike Majority Leader Harry Reid will pull a similar maneuver in the Senate.

After a free debt hike has been rejected, the White House and conservatives can start talking price.

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