How bad has the Republican House caucus gotten? They can't even pass their show pony bills to show the country how they can be "bipartisan" too.
No matter how many sops (moving the military cuts to "other agencies") they throw in there.
No matter how hard they push it. They went so far as to have "Saint Grover' giving Plan B his blessing. They had the Speaker of the House threatening to pull plum committee placements. They couldn't get it done. The Republican Emperor, as the parable goes, has been proven to have no clothes.
Now it's time to play hardball. How?
Everything Obama put on the table? Back off.
hat "first $400,000" that Obama was rumored to cave on (back out to $600,000 or $750,000). It's $250,000 again.
Spending Cuts? Yeah, good luck with that.
Make them realize that they don't have much time before any blame for the pain that is felt in the fiscal slope gets delivered right to their door, express mailed.
53-55% of America now think that the Republican's policies are too extreme. That number is still growing. Their leadership, who is scheming, not crazy, realize that they have a huge political football in their hands. It's not our job to let them divest themselves of it easily, or worse yet, agree to take it from them "for the good of the country"
We've tried to be the responsible adults in the room, but it takes two to negotiate.
Enough is too much. The proper way to deal with inmates who have taken over the asylum, is not to lock yourself in with them.
It's to shut the door, wait patiently and let them come to you.