Wes Pruden describes the fiscal cliff negotiations (my emboldening):
There’s no indication that President Obama will bite, nor is there any reason why, from his point of view, he should. He has read the fear in Republican eyes and he’s willing — maybe eager — to jump off the cliff in the sure and certain confidence that with the compliant mainstream media at his back he can successfully pin the blame on the Republicans for the consequences.
He can even promise spending cuts, secure in the knowledge that he won’t have to actually make them. Promises are a sucker’s game and there’s no shortage of suckers. Mr. Obama clearly wants to humiliate the Republicans — re-election was not enough — and he and his Democratic allies think his victory on Nov. 6 arms him with a mandate to do as he pleases.
That is exactly the situation in Washington. The Republicans are willing to do anything in hopes of retaining office. They are cowards for whom no respect is due.
Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, got it right when he said:
Important principles may and must be inflexible.
Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.
It is time for Republicans to line up for testosterone shots. As suggested in an earlier article, tax cuts should be removed from the table. The future of the country hangs in the balance, as does Republican manhood. The latter is not worth trying to save; the former is. There is no reason for a Republican Party if this is the way they behave on existential issues. We might just as well move directly to totalitarianism instead of pretending that we are a two-party democracy, never mind a Republic.
It is sickening to witness these feckless fools prostituting themselves in a desperate effort to retain office. Their willingness to compromise on principle, regardless of the cost, makes them unfit for duty. They truly are lost as a political factor with this behavior.