Three years ago, when Pelosi held the Senate, Democrats were sneering at the Senate as the “House of Lords”. Now the House of Lords has delivered a bill chock full of spending and short on spending cuts, and the House of Commoners appears to be holding the line.
Eric Cantor has made his opposition clear and Boehner appears to be backing away. The general consensus is that without some actual spending cuts, this won’t be going forward. And that means the House of Lords, overseen by Count Reid, who can’t count, will have to add some actual spending cuts.
Obama is already blathering about more tax increases, because when you’re spending like an insane Roman Emperor, then you’re going to need a lot of tax hikes to at least make it look to your supporters like you’re not completely insane. None of these tax hikes have even come close to reducing the deficit, instead we’re looking at a 20+ trillion dollar deficit before too long.
This battle is a good thing and it may end up doing for the Republican Party in 2014 what the ObamaCare debate did in 2010 by giving the Republican Party renewed energy and fight after a loss. And Obama’s obnoxious behavior may be backfiring by leading to the backlash ahead of schedule.
In 2008, Obama made a brief show of pretending to work with Republicans. In 2012, he’s going out of his way to do an end zone dance. And that may prove to be his undoing by giving Republicans the energy and the drive to start pushing back.
If Obama had really wanted a deal, he could have gotten better terms by actually working with Republicans, instead of hurling abuse. But it’s clear that this is what he wanted. And Republicans are worried that a breakdown will hurt them badly. But a sellout will hurt them worse.
The lesson of the 2012 election was that alienating your base is a losing proposition. Turnout counts for more than the center. It’s a lesson that more Congressional Republicans appear to have absorbed than Senate Republicans.