I fail to see why the Republicans are obligated to ‘compromise’ on raising taxes. If the Democrats want to not raise taxes, they already have the votes that they need to do that for another month. They can do anything that they like, in fact: raise the marginal rates to 60%; create a VAT; and even tax our air, light, thoughts, and dreams for humanity if they can figure out how to meter such things. What they can’t do is make us agree to give them cover for doing something that we don’t want to do.
Regretting yet that eagerness in 2009 to go tell people “I won,” Democrats?
Admittedly, Ezra Klein sort of knows all of this already. It’s just that he’s kind of incapable of admitting that something bad can happen in Washington that wasn’t caused by a Republican. Sort of how recent European history… no, no: that’s a nasty analogy to make.