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Gang of Six collapse: Winners and losers


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.”

Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states 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 Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure 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 Baucus2020 Dems pose a big dilemma for Schumer Steady American leadership is key to success with China and Korea Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate 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 Ivan CantorFeehery: The governing party 'Release the memo' — let's stop pretending that Democrats are the defenders of the FBI Raúl Labrador, a model for Hispanic politicians reaching higher MORE (R-Va.): Their relevance has risen with the elevation of the Biden talks. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward 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 PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived 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 Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan 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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