Tuesday, December 4, 2012
For now, however, the House has its offer on the table and is not about to bid against itself. On the House side, two senior GOP aides were dismayed. Asked if the president would counteroffer or just demagogue, one said simply, “Demagogue.” Other GOP advisers close to senior leadership don’t think a White House offer will be coming anytime soon.
The level of cynicism from the White House is quite stunning. The president has done nothing but repeat his 2012 budget plan, one that got zero votes in Congress. Beyond that, he has no interest in governing? Gosh, all those well-meaning Dems and mainstream columnists who said he really did get it now, really understood it would take negotiations to reach a fiscally responsible deal will be awfully disappointed.
Republicans aren’t surprised in the least. On a scale of zero to ten (ten being certainty that we will go over the cliff), I’d put us at about 8.
Yup. I gotta say, I agree with Jennifer on this almost. I put it at about 70 percent that we go over the cliff. Of course, it's not so much a cliff as a very steep slope that is called a cliff because it might as well be one. On the other side, we need to credit House GOP leadership with some major ankle-grabbing prowess. (Rather vulgar, I know. Sorry. Seems apt however.) How bad will the politics get, post cliff? I think there's a potential for pretty bad. --TS