02/15/2011 10:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Howard Fineman: 'Republican Leaders In The House May Have Outsmarted Themselves' On Budget (VIDEO)

With a potential government shutdown looming on March 4, the budget discussion for 2011 appears a lot more pressing than the fight for 2012. HuffPost's Howard Fineman spoke with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word" this Tuesday to break down the issue in political and practical terms.

"The real fight right now is not over the 2012 budget," said Fineman. "That's long-range, that's a walk in the park compared to what's going on right now, which is a fight over the current budget for the year that we're in, which never really had an official budget. Now the new tea party Republicans in the House are saying they want to cut as much as $100 billion out of it, which is a huge amount of what's left of that budget for the year. I think the Republican leaders in the House may have outsmarted themselves."

"The House Republicans will pass draconian cuts on their side," added Fineman. "The Senate, which is still controlled by the Democrats, will not accept it."

Will a blame game follow?


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