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So Grover Norquist claims that since rates went up Jan. 1, Republicans who voted yes on the McConnell-Biden bill were actually voting for a tax cut. Too clever by half, but let's run with it: President Obama just signed into law one of the biggest tax cuts in American history! He has joined the pantheon of Reagan and Bush II, making Democrats the brand spankin new party of low taxes. Move over GOP, all your talking points are belong to us!

Meanwhile, over at RedState, commentators are blasting McConnell for his giant tax hike. So according to Republicans, Obama cut your taxes! And, according to Republicans, McConnell raised your taxes! No matter how you spin it, we win on the messaging.

This is a short term victory. This is a long term victory. A wedge has been driven straight into the heart of the Reagan coalition. For those despairing about the smaller take on revenue than we initially wanted, I guess I understand, because I've been there before: debt ceiling, public option, etc. But I hope you can take consolation in the very real victory here: the once-invincible Republican phalanx that has reigned supreme for two decades has been shattered. Make of that what you will, but I predict that like the Spartans after their very first defeat in battle, this will mark the end of anti-tax hegemony and will signal the start of Tea Party orthodoxy's long decline.

And by the way, the fight continues. There are many avenues for more revenue going forward, corporate tax reform not least among them. I know many are pessimistic about our chances of achieving these new revenues, but for what it's worth I'm firmly in the optimists' camp.

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  •  so is Grover gonna go after (0+ / 0-)

    the repubs that voted AGAINST it? because they voted AGAINST a tax cut...

    •  That's a good point (0+ / 0-)

      and amplifies the contention that this is a messaging disaster for Republicans. Not only did McConnell raise taxes, not only did Obama cut taxes, but a majority of House Republicans voted against one of the largest tax cuts in history! What was once a unified and unifying GOP rallying cry has been cut to shreds.

    •  He can try (0+ / 0-)
      So is Grover gonna go after the repubs that voted AGAINST it? because they voted AGAINST a tax cut...
      But thanks to Citizen's United and the GOP's penchant for viciously attacking their own, I look forward to third party ads like this:
      (Sinister-sounding, indigestion music that always plays in attack ads.)

      ANNOUNCER: Washington lobbyist 'Grover Norquist broke his own life-long tax-pledge not once but twice. Against the wishes of true conservatives.

      Now he questions Rep. Fill-In-The-Blank's integrity?

      Send him a message by re-electing Rep. Fill-In-The-Blank.

      Rep. Fill-In-The-Blank only pledges allegiance to the United States Constitution and you.

      The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

      by FiredUpInCA on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 07:50:39 PM PST

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