Crapped out of the sickly, partisan digestion process that birthed the recent debt-limit deal is a brand new legislative body referred to lovingly as the "Congressional Debt-Reduction Super Committee."
This committee of six Super Senators and six Super House Reps will be responsible for cutting whatever government-funded programs were left by Republican pillagers in the original debt deal. And Washington's own Sen. "Pork Patty" Murray will be the co-chair.
Murray joins Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) to round out the Dems' Upper Chamber All-Stars.
Murray, as exhaustively laid out in Laura Onstot's Seattle Weeklycover story last year, is a vicious defender of entitlement programs and a master of securing Congressional cash to support Washington state businesses and projects.
In picking her, Sen. Harry Reid chose what he no doubt hopes will be the most effective bulwark against Republican raids to programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
And yet Murray will still have to come up with cuts and not just stop them--the committee is required to find $1.5 trillion in cuts over the next decade, or they'll face a "poison pill" of cuts that no one likes (and by "they'll" we mean "you'll" ).
Progressives, then, would do well not only to keep an eye on Murray's defense strategy, but whether she's able to chisel away at the gargantuan military budget that could stand a trillion or two shaved off.