Nobody expected a second-term honeymoon, but this is like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel again for the President.

The fiscal cliff talks pick up again in the White House where they left off when the Tea Party subverted Barack Obama’s Grand Bargain with John Boehner, with the same supporting cast (McConnell, Reid and Pelosi) and not the slightest trace of any attitude change resulting from the Election.

If anything, it is Democrats who are wary about concessions by the President (who won) rather than followers of Paul Ryan (who lost).

Some, reports say, worry about “letting Obama and his senior advisers hash out a deal with Boehner on their own. They remember the steep cuts he reportedly agreed to in 2011 and the deal he struck with McConnell in December of 2010 to extend virtually all the Bush-era tax rates.”

Déjà vu is on the menu unless the President, who never has to face voters again, girds his loins for history and goes to the mat with GOP intransigence, marshaling public opinion behind him.


Leave a replyComments (5)
  1. dduck November 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I was proud of O, or whomever else told him to do it, when he gave a good bottle of wine to Boehner at their meeting. Cool, drink and negotiate.
    The time for tough talk and posturing should be over for both sides.

  2. zephyr November 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    The president DOES need to go to the mat on this. The republican tantrum mentality has been catered to long enough. The prez has consistently been a nice guy, but the time for conciliatory behavior is over. If Boehner actually has any control over his people (doubtful) and is interested in working for the American people instead of the TP (questionable) then fine, bring the wine. Otherwise bring a big stick – and be ready to use it.

  3. dduck November 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Z, wake up and smell the coffee, both sides are sending out peace signals.

  4. zephyr November 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Wake up and smell the record dd. We’ll see how much is talk and how much is real..

  5. dduck November 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm