You simply must read Krauthammer's latest. It's an absolute hoot, as well as a striking reminder that his professional training was in medicine, not history or politics.
I quote: Obama's fiscal-cliff "ultimatum was designed to exploit and exacerbate internal Republican divisions. It worked perfectly." This, writes Krauthammer, was but part of Obama's demonically pursued "partisan advantage," with which "clothed in the immense powers of the presidency, he can actually engage in unadorned redistributionism."
Why that Bolshevik bastard! How dare he! No wonder the tea partiers are once again all stirred up, having absorbed the intoxicated likes of yet another (uncomprehending) Krauthammer column (or, I suppose, Krauthammer's hysteria could be disingenuously, ingeniously knowing--nah).
Yesterday I tried indirectly and delicately explaining the political facts of life to our young Chuck(lehead). I'm too pooped to try again. So I'll let the academic political pros at Monkey Cage take a whack at it:
GOP Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of the procedural rule to permit an up-or-down vote on the [fiscal-cliff] Senate deal. Republicans knew that the Senate deal would pass (largely on the strength of Democratic support) if it was permitted to come to a vote. Yet nearly every House Republican voted in favor of bringing it up.
And they did so to ... hand Obama a "partisan advantage" in his already immensely powerful determination to establish a Leninist-Stalinist dystopia in these here blessed united states? Which, of course, would make Bolsheviks of these House Republicans, too.
By the way, I do confess some sympathy for Krauthammer. I also failed to appreciate Boehner's strategic brilliance, as rolled out on Monday. At first he leaked to the media only his intent to allow amendments, which would have killed the bill--a near certainty I eagerly bet on. But that was a ruse. Boehner knew he didn't have the "amendment" votes, simply because his party--even those pro-amendment members who opposed the original bill--wanted it to pass unamended. A tangled but damn smart web.