Concerning that tax deal
Co-signing on Kevin Drum’s take:
You can’t pretend you’re willing to go to the mat against high-end tax cuts when there are half a dozen Democratic senators who support high-end tax cuts and Republicans know there are half a dozen Democratic senators who support high-end tax cuts. To fix this, you need more liberal Democrats, not tougher leadership.
I’ll add to that the difficulty of pretending to be willing to go to the mat when no deal means many desperate people will be denied some relief – over the holiday season no less. I too share Drum’s sympathy for compromise positions that help people in the here and now, though the thought that the cost of the continued tax cuts will most likely be paid by the working poor and middle class gives me pause.
Oh, and it cannot be said enough just how much the US Senate needs to be reformed. I understand that it slows things down by design, but I’m sure the filibuster shenanigans of late is not what the designers had in mind.
It looks a lot to me like a Culture of No, where Republican intransigence has given virtual veto power to lone dissenters within the Democratic Party, whose dissent is not aimed at encouraging an exploration of options, but defending parochial interests at the expense of the party as a whole… Yes, Senator Nelson, I’m looking at you.