“Don’t make Christmas plans.” House Speaker and other leaders have kind of said this. It’s not an official position, but it’s close.
Why? What is going to change between now and Christmas.
The men at the top must expect someone to blink in this game of fiscal chicken. But who? Obama? Or Boehner?
If Boehner thinks Obama will blink, why does he feel compelled to come to the table on Christmas eve? Is he planning to play Santa?
Does he expect Obama to capitulate, only to change his mind between Christmas and New Year’s? Why would this be a likely scenario? If Obama blinks, why will he change his mind?
Is this just a form of kabuki theater? “See, we’re here. We’re ready to deal.”
Why would Boehner be ready to deal?
Why not stick with the 2011 plan? If it was plausible then, why not now? Why is the looming fiscal cliff today such a big problem, when it wasn’t in 2011?
We hear of the fatted calf. We also hear of the gored ox? Who is the fatted calf? Who is the gored ox?
Boehner’s suggestion — stick around until Christmas eve — sounds like pre-capitulation to me. But I am not inside the Washington Beltway.
Why doesn’t every Republican in Congress take the rest of the month off? Let’s send this message to Obama. “Call us back into an emergency session when you are ready to accept our terms of your surrender.”