The Senate standoff: When brinksmanship is bullheadedness

Is this brinksmanship or just plain bullheadedness? The Senate’s efforts to pass a $14 billion assistance bill for Detroit’s carmakers collapsed yesterday as the union and Republicans froze in a standoff. On one side, the United Auto Workers refused to rush a cut to pay and benefits demanded by Republican Senators who’d love to see the union’s demise. On the other, there are Republicans (Tennessee’s Bob Corker comes to mind) who seem legitimately interested in getting a deal done, but want to make sure that the industry restructures for real this time.

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