Posted by: Jeff | December 14, 2010

Obama Might Defeat GOP After All

Ezra Klein notices that forces on the Right are beginning to align against the compromise that GOP leaders struck with President Obama:

I listed some of the conservative critics of the tax deal in Wonkbook today (Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party Patriots, Charles Krauthammer), but Playbook shows their ranks are growing: Mitt Romney has an op-ed in USA Today saying the tax deal gives “President Obama … reason to celebrate. The deal delivers short-term economic stimulus, and it does so at the very time he wants it most, before the 2012 elections.” He’s joined by Rep. Darrell Issa, who says the compromise is “an incomplete effort that fails to create a permanent tax structure giving businesses the kind of long-term predictability needed to support investment, economic growth and job creation.”

With Palin, Romney, Limbaugh and the largest tea party group on the same side of this, I’d bet there are plenty of elected Republicans looking to bail. What they need is an excuse. If the House Democrats manage to make any real changes to the deal, they’ll have one — and so will John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

Progressives who doubt Obama do seem to be proven wrong time after time.  If Republicans bolt, and the GOP divides, and tax cuts aren’t extended for millionaires… do we re-write our conclusions about Obama selling out the progressive base?  Then again, if Republicans bolt, and the economy worsens, who owns the narrative going into the 2012 election cycle?

This isn’t over yet.

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