I got to meet Jeff Merkley in Portland this weekend! He told us a cute story.
A Western GOP Senator was giving a speech on the Senate floor bashing Obama for wanting to raise the debt ceiling. Merkley was talking to him afterwards and asked him which president had increased the debt ceiling the most. The Republican could see which way this was going. “Was it... Reagan?” he asked. And of course it was.
Merkley then brightly suggested that the two of them could write a bipartisan bill allowing Obama to raise the debt ceiling one quarter as much as Reagan did. I don't know exactly what sarcastic facial expression the Republican had as he said “Yeah, Jeff.” But from the way Merkley told it to us, it probably was a pretty good one.