The Unelected Winners and Losers of the Debt-Limit Showdown
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|Wed, 08-03-2011 - 10:22am|
So we already know what the debt-limit debate did to for leaders in Washington: Nothing pretty. By and large, the American people were turned off by both parties, and infuriated that political squabbling would do measurable damage to the nation’s bottom line.
Some politicians, of course, lost more than others. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell proved himself, once again, to be the city’s most savvy deal-maker, while Speaker John Boehner was forced to reveal just how little sway he holds over his own caucus. Barack Obama proved himself, once again, unable to control Washington dysfunction, though he may have given his reelection campaign a new focus beyond jobs.
But enough with the political scorecards. What about everybody else? Herewith is a quick look at the unelected winners and losers of the debt-limit debate.