“Republicans are losing the fight over which side appears to be reasonable and conciliatory — and which side is working hardest to make a productive deal,” Town Hall‘s Guy Benson wrote Tuesday.
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York explains the GOP’s predicament:
Republicans will cave on the question of raising the tax rate for the highest-income Americans. The only question is whether they do so before or after the government goes over the so-called fiscal cliff.
If the anger lasts, the 2014 election season will be marked by primary challenges to Republican members of the House by opponents who possess Schweikert, Huelskamp and Amash’s unswaying devotion to never-ever-never-ever-never-ever raising taxes.
Red State‘s Horowitz surmised: “Ultimately, there’s only one way to win this. We must overwhelm them with greater numbers in Congressional primaries.”
ABC News is reporting that Speaker Boehner is exploring a “doomsday” option that will let members vote “present” on the Senate’s bill to extend all the Bush tax cuts except on incomes over $250,000. As of yet, Grover Norquist, who enforces that American Taxpayer Pledge that all but a handful of congressional Republicans have signed, has not said if that “present” vote would violate his pledge to never raise taxes.
However, conservative activist Brent Bozell has made it clear that even the Republicans’ opening bid, which closes loopholes and relies on growth to get to $800 billion, isn’t good enough.
“All the party organs should be cut off,” Bozell told Buzzfeed. “The only people who should be funded are those conservatives who don’t break their word, and the primary opponents of the ones who do.”
“I just got off the phone with a multimillion-dollar donor to Republican causes and his answer to me was, ‘I don’t think I can support them anymore.’ I got an email from another billionaire who said, ‘I think my money should go to the Tea Party,” Bozell added.
Is Boehner preparing for an insurgency from his right flank if he’s forced to end the tax breaks for the richest 2 percent? Does he expect a new civil war in the GOP?
It sure looks like it.
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