Full Caf Americano™
It’s great to see some in the establishment conservative media finally getting it on this whole ‘fiscal cliff’ crisis.
It is time for the Republican rank and file to get hip. The fiscal cliff was a concoction from the beginning to specifically create this crisis. Obama was the architect but John Boehner was in it right up to his eyeballs.
Not that the cliff isn’t genuine. If the President and Congress don’t reach a deal by January, aircraft carriers will be stacked up like sardine cans in navy mothball ports. The fiscal cliff is real.
Just as real is the GOP’s ineptitude at winning a PR debate. So they will take a monstrous media hit if they allow the Bush tax cuts to lapse and more than one-half trillion in across-the-board spending cuts to take effect in 2013.
But they should do it anyway.
Everyone in Washington fears the fiscal cliff. The White House has no interest in going over. Democrats understand they’ll never have more power than they do now. Delaying a budget deal until after January means getting less of what they want.
Republican leaders, meanwhile, live in fear of another 1995 government shutdown. When two sides fail to reach a deal, the media blame Republicans. That’s the lesson Republicans learned 17 years ago. They shudder imagining the headlines if negotiations were to break down next month: “Norquist-controlled GOP forces America off cliff.” Nothing terrifies them more than that. They’ll do anything to avoid it, as Obama knows well. (Hence his advantage.)
The business community fears the cliff too. Federal contractors stand to lose millions if budget cuts take effect. And nobody wants to see unemployment rise or the economy fall back into recession, both of which would likely happen if Republicans and Democrats can’t make a deal.
So there’s a lot to worry about with the fiscal cliff. Congress should leap off anyway. At a full run. Face first. Yes, it’s a scary prospect. But not as scary as the alternatives.
Right now the Obama is being too cute by half. He stands to lose everything by going over the cliff he created. If the GOP plays its cards right, they can destroy his second term. Make no mistake, taxpayers and businesses will be big losers in the short-term, but the GOP can achieve a win, and, ultimately, sink this president’s legacy.
Will the Republicans do this? Not likely. But men stopped blow-drying their hair about 20 years ago, and John Boehner and Eric Cantor haven’t caught on to that yet, either.
Our recommendation here at Mojo, is for Reince Priebus go out and hire a Madison Avenue PR firm. Because, as we said at the beginning, the GOP is positively inept when it comes to getting a message across to the public. Seek help now, guys!
h/t Drudge Report