After the budget standoff ended in crushing defeat this month and the political damage reports began to pile up for Republicans, one longtime party leader after another stepped forward to chastise their less seasoned, tea party-inspired colleagues who drove the losing strategy.
“Let’s face it: It was not a good maneuver,”’ said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the senior Senate Republican and supporter of the deal that ended the showdown. “And that’s when you’ve got to have the adults running the thing.”
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