I have a busy day today so I will not be posting or updating much until later but I wanted to put something out that has occurred to me since the vote last night. It had been on the back of my mind but really hit home with something that Grover Norquist tweeted last night:
gdnight. When Dems wake up they will realize they just made most of the Bush tax cuts permanent and lost their leverage for the next 4 yrs.
— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) January 2, 2013
As much as I hate the idea of caving in, especially to higher taxes and to increasing the deficit, both of which happened last night, there truly is a silver lining in this very dark cloud.
After all what are Obama and the Democrats going to say when this really does not solve the big problems we face economically, "Tax the rich more?" Peter Ferrera has a good article out today where he makes the point that this does not prevent Republicans from seeking Tax reform as a larger economic bargain. I always thought that Mark Levin's idea for these negotiations for the House Republicans to pass a tax cut on the middle class and then just leave town and let the Dems and Obama argue against it was the way to go. They can still do it only on a grand scale. They now have the leverage and Obama has shot his wad.
From here on out it can only be about spending cuts and major reforms, the tax sideshow is off the table. Conservatives and the Tea Party ought to focus on using their influence to enact real change going forward and not get too hung up on the pickle John Bohner (who needs to go) got the right into by not being a good negotiator.
Most important we need to recognize that there are some 'inside Washington" crowd that are actually on our side but know the ground that they play on better than we do, I still think Paul Ryan is such a person, we will find out when the next battle takes place in the coming months.
As irritating as it is to watch Obama and the Dems chortle over this victory, it very well may be that while their smiling and patting themselves on the back, they are secretly in dire fear since they realize they are now running very low on ammunition.
I would also direct your attention to Erick Erickson's piece"A New Agenda" in The Road Forward sidebar where he makes some good points.