The GOPhers are laughingly bad at public relations. They are at times so politically inept I can not believe it.
Look, Obama is perfectly willing to let the economy go head first off the old cliff like those crazy Mexican divers at Acapulco we used to watch on Wide World of Sports. The propaganda arm of the Democrat Party (the press) will point a bony finger right at the Republicans and the ignorant masses will believe the GOP is to blame. Fer chrissake the electorate blindly still believes the current economic situation can be blamed on Bush. Conservatives are just going to have to accept a sprinkle of reality on their scrambled eggs.
It is morally indefensible to let 100% of Americans take a tax increase to protect the top earners. Yes, I understand the economics. I know that upping the taxes on the job creators will not help reduce debts and deficits. I know it will stifle job creation. I also know 60% plus of the electorate has bought into the soak the rich class warfare nonsense. The economic consequences of punishing a few is far less than punishing the whole. Those are really the only two choices. Obama is not going to give, he will win the PR battle.
Give the 'Bamster the tax increase but insist on spending cuts NOW. Perhaps the GOP should offer to up the lower limit from $250K to $750K? Obama
will go along, It is a pride thing on the taxes. He is going to kick and
scream and hold his breath. He is a child willing to ruin the family night out to get his way. Sometimes you just have to let the kid have the ice cream, even if it does make him sick; if only to prove a point.
The place to dig in is on spending and the debt ceiling. When you negotiate you get what you can. Obama is not going to give on tax increases. He must get a win. He will get a win, damn the consequences. The President won't pay those consequences if a compromise is not met. The Republican Party will Make the pain as small as possible, and accept reality. The alternative is the political wilderness.