In case you were wondering, here was the Dems' secret weapon on the debt deal vote:
Emergency legislation to avoid an economy-rattling government default sped through the House Monday night, a scant day before the deadline for action — the dramatic vote made all the more memorable by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' first appearance in Congress since suffering a head wound in a shooting six months ago.
The vote was 269-161, but all eyes were on Giffords, who drew thunderous applause as she walked into the House chamber and cast her vote in favor of the bill.
Think this was just coincidental? Picture the deal getting shot down by Tea Partiers after that dramatic reappearance, folks. From a PR standpoint, that's an ugly, ugly picture.
I reiterate: You can hate the player and hate the game - LORD knows I do - but that's the world we live in. Denying it serves no purpose except that of Barack Obama's endgame.
[cross posted at Hard Starboard]