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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 BidenOvernight Tech: FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices | Biden scolds social media firms over transparency Medicaid funds shouldn't be used to subsidize state taxes on health care Biden hits social media firms over lack of transparency 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 ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters 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 BaucusBooker tries to find the right lane  Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP tries to keep spotlight on taxes amid Mueller charges 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 CantorEric Cantor: Moore ‘deserves to lose’ If we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns MORE (R-Va.): Their relevance has risen with the elevation of the Biden talks. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign 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 PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State 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 RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids 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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