"I am going to keep repeating The Christmas Strategy until someone in Republican circles listens:
I say call his bluff. If a deal which tackles deficits from both revenue and spending can be reached this month, great.
If not, pass a 90 day extension of current tax rates and whatever else is needed to postpone the “cliff,” and go home for Christmas to give time for a Grand Bargain which puts Democratic sacred cows on the table.
Let Harry Reid refuse to bring it to a vote, and Obama refuse to sign it. Their inaction will be the reason for taxes rising for everyone.”
The above is the exact attitude I am talking about - the "until someone in Republican circles listens" part. As for process, above - or the Levin tax cuts would be fine... I like Levin's better (surprise surprise) -- it not only takes something from barack - actually it pulls the high ground out from under him -- while giving republicans a good sound bite snippet that could flourish and be used a million different ways - unless - of course - they just keep being stupid. They just keep being stupid. I think they are comfortable being stupid.
more from the link:
"Year-end is an artificial deadline which works to Obama’s advantage because the only thing on the table is his emotional desire for tax rate increases. The only chance Obama gets to spike the football is a deal that involves only taxes, or at most, vague promises of future spending cuts.
It is a timetable and structure which, standing alone, serves only to tear the Republican Party apart."
more from the link of me :) : The foundational level of every leftist twist is juvenile behavior. All these desperate dramas barack puts the country through - this time "the cliff" - racing against the clock - desperate to avert disaster - we must do something now - time is running out. The perfected adolescent Hail Mary - when mom and dad are standing fast on No - let the clock run out - create an hysterical scenario - click on extreme drama mode - reel them on in... barack - the perpetual juvenile - delinquenza minorile - has it well nigh perfected...
AKA THE ONLY CANDIDATE