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Posted on March 4th, 2013 at 11:43 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Ezra Klein mans up and admits he was wrong. He had written a piece suggesting that if only Republicans knew how much Obama has been willing to offer, they might be willing to make a deal. Jonathan Chait set him straight, informing him that no matter what Obama put on the table, Republicans would find a way to say that it’s not enough. And sure enough, a Twitter exchange lets Klein watch that process in real time, as a top Republican consultant, confronted with evidence that Obama has already conceded what he said was all that was needed, keeps adding more demands.

So Klein admits that Republicans just don’t want to make a deal. Their objections to the deals on the table aren’t sincere; if convinced that Obama has met their demands, they just make more demands.

  1. I think in retrospect we know that the sequester was set up wrong: instead of defense cuts, it should have had a big whammy of tax increases in it, the only thing that the Republicans are interested in avoiding.

  2. @Desiato – agree – but the fact that it did not happen that way underscores the point that there is little difference between the parties when it comes to kowtowing to the wishes of the rich.

  3. Not that anyone cares what I think; but setting up a “poison pill” that is actually attractive to the Tea Party was a little shortsighted. Much better options would have been cutting the salaries of all federally elected politicians and making the current incumbents ineligible for future public office.

    Call the Legions home, chaps. The Revolution has begun.

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