, Newburyport, MA


March 2, 2013

Who will blink in the game of D.C. chicken?


“Because we’re in uncharted political territory,” I said.

“Correct,” Freddy said. “It could be a turning point, but we haven’t a clue where that might lead. What we do know is there’s no way this debt thing is going to go away overnight, what’s going to have to be cut over the long haul, or which party’s going to take the biggest hit.”

“Probably doom and gloom enough to go around,” I said.

“Not necessarily so,” Freddy said. “No question the two parties have been at each other’s throats, and the Democrats have the Republicans on their backs. But it’s the party in power and what it has to do to stay there that’s at risk. Both parties have had their ups and downs, but long term in our lifetimes, Democrats have had the edge. When they’ve lost it, it’s been because they’ve reached too far.”

“That’s what the far right is building their case on,” I said.

“But it’s a rough sell,” Freddy said. “Democrats won going away last November. Obama’s riding that wave, and we won’t really know how far that’s going until the reaction to the cuts ahead sets in. One thing’s for sure. It’s going to be either make or break for both parties, so stay tuned.


Bill Plante is a staff columnist.

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