Column: Today's Republican party can either change or keep shriveling

House Republicans may finally have paid attention to polls showing their negativity rating as high as it ever has been, as if losing the presidential race and dire predictions about their future weren’t enough to have convinced them earlier.

For once, common political sense may trump strict ideological adherence.

They are offering to give up their opposition to raising the debt limit without substantial deficit reduction for the short term if the Democratic-led Senate will adopt a budget in the next three months.

The Senate majority — not completely innocent in the fiscal horror show that has dominated Capitol Hill the past four years — would be wise to now do its part. The White House indicates that President Barack Obama will accept that deal.

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