Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
Problem is you can't negotiate real solutions between opposing parties by saying "first give me what I want, then we'll discuss your ideas."
Both sides will have to give in somewhat on one imperfect deal.
Correct, by extending middle class cuts now the GOP would be surrendering any leverage.
But when you hear Obama phrase it the way he does ("We should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy.") you realize why this whole debate favors the Democrats. No, the Republicans won't sign away their leverage in the next couple weeks, but they're the ones in line to look really bad if everyone's taxes go up on Jan 1.
Granted, the President won't want his name attached to a failure to get this solved by the deadline either, but he has much better ground from a PR standpoint to stand on. If they don't compromise, the narrative will
be that Republicans preferred everyone suffer rather than raise taxes on millionaires.