Debt Deal: Let's Just Flip a Coin
It's the only way to resolve this madness, Matt Miller argues
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2011 1:53 PM CDT
Barack Obama talks with John Boehner during a debt ceiling negotiation, July 23, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Matt Miller has a crazy plan to end this intractable debt ceiling showdown in Washington: Flip a coin. This is no time for heroes, he writes in the Washington Post. It’s “a time for scared politicians … to walk themselves back from the brink with a face-saving ploy.” Harry Reid and John Boehner’s bills are pretty similar—the real issue is whether we’ll revisit this again before the 2012 election. Obama absolutely can’t accept that, and the Tea Party won’t give in—so let’s flip for it.

“I know this sounds ridiculous,” Miller concedes. “But is it any more ridiculous than where Republican radicalism and Democratic rope-a-dope have left us?” A coin toss “fits with all-American notions of fair play” and “could be the safety valve that gets us past this surreal moment.” If the flip is scheduled for sometime next year, it’ll buy time in which passions might subside and cooler heads prevail. Besides, “think of the cable news ratings on toss night!”