The Hill also makes this smart observation:

While Republicans hit Hoyer hard for saying Democrats would not produce a budget, they stopped short of criticizing his call for defense budget cuts. While some Republicans will certainly balk at cutting the Pentagon’s budget, others might be reticent because cutting government spending is a top priority of the Tea Party movement.

The headline on The Hill piece is promising:

The Liberal Dems’ battle to cut defense spending reaches a turning point

The press should see this as a turning point, too.

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Holly Yeager is CJR's Peterson Fellow, covering fiscal and economic policy. She is based in Washington and reachable at