"There's a bit of inevitable, orchestrated drama in these things," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNBC.
So cue up the countdown clocks on cable TV and let it all play out until the leaders come together for the hard talks. That's the only solution, Galston said.
"Press conferences and campaign-style events and dueling releases of documents can get you started," he said. "But it runs into a wall pretty damn fast."
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