Is anyone else get­ting as ner­vous as I am about this debt-​​ceiling debate? Don’t get me wrong; my view has long been that we would endure some stomach-​​churning days on the way to a deal. Ulti­mately, though, I believed that the adults in both par­ties would pre­vail and lift the debt ceiling suf­fi­ciently to get the country through the 2012 elec­tion without default.

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