What Will It Take to Resolve the Debt-Ceiling Standoff? A Stock-Market Plunge.

“Sell in May” could be more than a cliché this year. A summer of discontent may lie ahead for the financial markets, in no small part because of yet another fight over raising the federal government’s debt ceiling. But, ironically, a possible market meltdown might be just what’s needed to get Congress and the White House to make a deal to stave off the first default on the full faith and credit of the U.S.