Originally Posted by Rohirrim
Your mistake here is thinking that Obama is the one with the weak hand. He's not. Boehner is. McConnell is. And they know it. Which is why Boehner is already making conciliatory statements about Obamacare and immigration. The trend is going against them and they didn't get where they are by being unable to read the message of the electorate. They also know that they are stuck between the rock of Obama's victory and the hard place of the screaming Right fringe.
Exactly. If the tax cuts expire, everyone's taxes go up. Easymode campaigning for the Dems in 2014 - "so-and-so signed the pledge, taxes got raised anyway, so-and-so is at fault." Revenue will increase by a ton, the budget will be easier to balance, and the Dems will get credit.
OR the Republicans can compromise, allow the upper level cuts expire while extending them for the middle class, they will look like great compromisers going into 2014, could probably pick up some more seats in Congress in the midterm, and begin work on immigration reform to put them in a good position for 2016.