Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Well, so much for a career in political prognostication!

Darn, blew it again.

I had it all figured out the other day, that the Tea Partiers in the House would kill the cliff deal.  Maybe Boehner grew a little bolder, because what got it through was the fact that he ignored his own "rule" about only advancing bills that would garner a majority of republican support, coupled with a third of House Republicans realizing that yes, they lost the election, and that crapping on the rest of the country right now wouldn't look good in 2014.

So, now we can look forward to the last week, magnified multiple-fold, with Republicans doubling down on the debt ceiling thing, combined with their attempt to use the end of the Continuing Resolution AND the Sequester Cuts to hold Obama's nuts to the fire to counter his overwhelming support among even their own supporters to end this knock-down drag-out fight over a manufactured crisis to re-focus our attention on the economy.

Yes, it could happen that way, just as it could play out differently, if the Democrats manage to change expectations and convince Republicans that they will not waiver and will depend on a majority of Americans' support to get this country back on track.

So, what do you folks think?  Will the Republicans blink?  Will the Democrats waiver?  What are the chances that House Republicans, in a somewhat diminished House Caucus, will sober up and start acting like the minority party comprised of adults instead of a minority party having a two-year-old temper tantrum?


Oldfart said...

Obama says he won't negotiate the debt ceiling. I hope he has the balls to back himself up.

Robert Ahrens said...

That makes two of us. More, I hope!