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Anatomy of a Flop: GOP "Cliff" Counter-Offer Fizzles

RiCkY.D. Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 2:09 AM
Mr. Benson why is that you are so quick to point out republicans public relations hits and misses, as if they are points by which one is to interpret the rise or fall of the republican party it's self? All we have heard from our right wing media and online bloggers all weeks is that "republicans are damned if they do and damned if they don' if this is true what the heck does all your "public relations" insight even matter ?

Yesterday evening we reported the details of House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" compromise offer to the White House, which offered real ideological concessions, to the tune of $800 Billion in new revenues.  The plan -- originally conceived last year by the Democratic co-chairman of the debt commission, Erskine Bowles -- also calls for the reduction of both discretionary and mandatory spending, making needed (albeit small-ball) reforms to the largest drivers of our debt.  Unlike the president's risible, widely-panned proposal last week, Republicans' new negotiating posture offers genuine compromise: (a) It has bipartisan origins, (b) it achieves "balance," (c) it...