December 23, 2011 Leave a comment
At least for now. I think the key factor in the House Republicans caving on the extension of the payroll tax cut reduction was the fact that the vast majority of the Republicans in the Senate had already voted for it. When Obama, Reid, et al., tried to frame this as intransigence of the House Republicans, the media really had no choice but to go along, given the Senate vote. Now, if the Republican Senators had never voted for this, the media dynamic and therefore the public pressure would have been entirely different. I presume that in the next iteration of this negotiation, the Republican leadership will not make the mistake of letting the Senate caucus vote to approve something that the House caucus will not. Nonetheless, I do certainly appreciate that the Democrats got some value out of actually standing up for themselves for once.