Nancy Pelosi admitted one defeat that left Republicans grinning from ear to ear

Nancy Pelosi was forced to stand in front of her caucus and admit a dirty secret.

Democrats tried to avoid this moment.

But Nancy Pelosi admitted one defeat that left Republicans grinning from ear to ear.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats tried to bully Republicans into signing off on a multi-trillion-dollar debt ceiling increase at the same time as Pelosi and Chuck Schumer schemed to ram a $3.5 trillion social welfare bill through Congress.

Republicans objected and insisted that since Democrats controlled all of Washington, D.C., that Democrats had all the votes they needed to raise the debt ceiling by themselves.

Pelosi tried to jam Republicans by including a debt ceiling increase with a government funding bill, but Republicans filibustered the package.

After months of bravado, Pelosi finally acknowledged the reality that Democrats would have to lift the debt ceiling on their own as part of a reconciliation package that requires just 50 votes.

Pelosi and her allies tried to avoid this outcome at all costs as moderate members in swing districts feared having to vote for trillions of dollars in new debt on top of the trillions of dollars in new tax increases and spending Joe Biden proposed.

Democrats wanted Republican fingerprints on the debt ceiling increase to defang the expected attack ads next year.

But Democrats are out of luck on that front and now they are going to have to raise the debt ceiling on their own.

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