Optimism should not be pegged at 50:50 Senator Reid.
With notable exceptions, there appears to be sufficient wisdom and maturity in the Senate to produce a solution to the shutdown and debt ceiling dilemma. A report in USA Today sheds light on the process and possibilities as progress is being made.
First, the report underscores that this is a “crisis” for the American government and economy.
Second, “Senate Republicans are unified behind McConnell,” as they have been in the past.
Senator Lindsey Graham is always an outlier in this type of situation, along with his sidekick, John McCain. Graham and some others want Democrats to stay within bounds of the sequestration limits. That seems desirable, and there is probably some give and take on that.
Even David Plouffe, Obama’s statistics guy says that the odds are 50:50 for a solution by the October 17th deadline. That is down right scary.
Here is McCain’s last words:
"We should be sitting down," McCain said. "And the president should be engaged. And the Democrats, they better understand something. What goes around comes around. And if they try to humiliate Republicans, things change in American politics. And I know what it's like to be in the majority and in the minority. And it won't be forgotten. Now's the time to be magnanimous and sit down and get this thing done."
“Shutdown, debt deal hangs on Senate leaders
Alan Gomez and Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY6:31 p.m. EDT October 13, 2013
Many in the Capitol are looking to the talks between Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell as the last, best hope for a deal.
WASHINGTON — After several days of on again-off again negotiations at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, the fiscal crisis gripping Washington now hangs on whether two men can broker a deal: The Senate Republican and Democratic leaders.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., closed Sunday's Senate session saying he was "optimistic" that talks he has been having with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., can lead to an end of the federal government shutdown and an increase in the nation's debt limit.