July 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Telling isn’t it. Yet, as Brooks pointed out the other day, the Republicans seem constitutionally incapable of just declaring victory and going home. The Tea Party at work. Remind me never to have Barack Obama negotiate anything for me on my behalf. If this is a hostage situation, as Chait among others likes to analogize, the Republicans basically seem to be saying, okay we’ll let 2 of the hostages go, but you’ve got to let us kill the other 4.
I was thinking about this in football field terms the other day– we’re basically fighting over whether the ball is going to be at the 5 yard line or the 10 yard line, but either way you put it, the ball is much closer to where the Republicans want it and nowhere near the 50 yard line you would expect in a genuine bipartisan compromise.