President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to fiscal balance while splendidly applying some intense heat on the GOP House. He said he was open to "compromise" and "new ideas"--two concepts vigorously rejected by tiresome tea partiers--and he reiterated the electorate's recent demand: "cooperation, consensus, and common sense." You will note in this C triad the pregnant omission of John Boehner's "common ground," which has become famously synonymous with GOP entrenchment.
Perhaps the highlight of Obama's news conference was his repetition of "I will not, will not" reduce the deficit the Republican way, and by that he meant, of course, piling more burdens on the backs of those least able to bear the load. Obama's kicker, the highlight of the highlight: The electorate just ratified this choice. A delicious moment.
What's more, Obama reminded that electorate that Damocles' sword awaits us. Congress can do nothing, and watch everyone's taxes go up, or it can follow the dictates of Election Day and simply reimpose Clinton's rate on upper-income taxpayers. This, Obama more than merely implied, is the House GOP's choice.
So do get back to us, won't you, dear Republicans?