Ann is definitely onto something here: Let's see if I can define some HOUSE talking points a little better:
1) Elections do have consequences. While Barhama's win is not close to a mandate, he did campaign for higher taxes.
2) HOUSE Repubs should publicly state that they fundamentally object to class warfare, and specifically disagree with the idea of increasing anyone's taxes during a recession, but do understand the mass media.
3) Since Barhama, Reid and the Demoncrats in Congress refuse to propose specific cuts in spending, the Repubs will go along with the Dem's plan for economic health and see how the country likes the results
4) We will revisit all of these Demoncrat wealth redistribution schemes again in 2014 and 2016.