The problem with Simpson-Bowles is not dem opposition but Boehner opposition. Charen is right but GOP should not vote for tax increases. Here is a 2 step process that Boehner should be ok with: 1. Pass extension of Bush tax rates in house. Get all GOP senators to sign a letter they will vote for it and demand Reid hold a vote. Reid will refuse but GOP position on taxes is clear. This might even make the evening news. 2. Bring up Senate bill extending tax rates except for high earners in house. 30-40 GOP vote present so that dems have an opportunity to pass. There still will be automatic cuts in spending which is what we want for now.