Politico's VandeHei: Washington Will Punt Until After The 2014 Elections

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JIM VANDEHEI, POLITICO EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Some day I want to be an optimist, but today I am going to continue to be an extreme pessimist, which is they're probably going to have a solution and it's going to be like every solution we've seen for the last three years -- a bad one, a short-term one. There's no way out of the this box at this point other than Republicans are going to be forced to increase the debt limit. I think John Boehner signaled that privately he's going to do it. They're going to do it regardless of what he's saying over the weekend. The problem is, any solution gets to what you're talking about, doing these broader ideas, let's do entitlement reform, let's do tax reform. They can't. They've tried. They come from different worlds. There is no common ground on these issues. So what they'll do is they'll say, let's punt this another couple of months, let's punt that another couple of months, and we're going to keep re-litigating this exact same debate, I think, sadly, until after the 2014 elections.

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