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Gang of Six collapse: Winners and losers

Winners

Grover Norquist: The anti-tax advocate had been pressuring Coburn to leave the talks, arguing that Democrats would only agree to a deal if it contained tax increases. Coburn has denied he caved, calling the head of the Americans of Tax Reform (ATR) a “fly on the wall.” He has also continued to say a deficit solution will require something on “revenue,” a phrase that could mean he is open to tax hikes — the very thing Norquist, the keeper of the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge — has worked to prevent. 

Love him or hate him, Norquist wields a ton of clout. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell has called Norquist the “most powerful man in America who does not sleep in the White House.”

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Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE: The Biden talks are now the only game in town, and if a compromise is produced, Biden will further burnish his reputation as a dealmaker. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.): Senate leaders were never fans of the Gang of Six, which they couldn’t control and which had the possibility of disrupting preparations for the 2012 campaign. The leaders have far more authority in the Biden discussions because they selected who they wanted to participate in the bipartisan negotiations. McConnell, who took a back seat in the government shutdown debate, has taken clear steps to show he will be a major player in the debt-ceiling talks.

Sens. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president MORE (D-Mont.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity MORE (R-Va.): Their relevance has risen with the elevation of the Biden talks. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight MORE (I-Vt.) and the left: Sanders said this week, with some satisfaction, that he was never a fan of the Gang of Six. The independent senators has rallied against any plan to pare back Social Security benefits. 

Ryan McConaghy, deputy director of the Economic Program at Third Way, said the winners from the Gang of Six failure "are anybody on the ideological extremes, anybody who did not want to see a compromise."

Sens. James DeMint (R-S.C), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.) and the right: The right wing was never going to compromise and vote for a Gang of Six package. Conservatives, including Norquist, say a better long-term deal can be struck after the 2012 election. With Democrats having to defend 23 seats and the GOP 10, many Republicans believe they will control the House and Senate in 2013. They are not as bullish, however, on winning the White House. 

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Wis.): The Ryan budget is the most solidly fleshed out budget proposal out there. The Gang of Six compromise could have eclipsed it — however, the Ryan plan has split the GOP and faces a big test in Tuesday’s special election contest in New York’s 26th district. 

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