And supposing they do—will they really fight for it, thoroughly and relentlessly?
Woodward is supposing that the supercommittee was the only place for discussions about a bargain including revenues.
As such, there seems no compelling reason for supposing that it be listened to in respectful, forelock-tugging silence.
early 14c., "to assume as the basis of argument," from Old French supposer "to assume," probably a replacement of *suppondre (influenced by Old French poser "put, place"), from Latin supponere "put or place under," from sub "under" + ponere "put, place" (see position). Meaning "to admit as possible, to believe to be true" is from 1520s.