…although it’s not all that entertaining, and the seats are “obstructed view.”
The Boehner plan was never about something that would be implemented, anyway. Everyone knew it would be rejected by the Senate. It was in the nature of a serve in tennis—and certainly not an ace—just a start, to get the ball in play.
Now it’s in Reid’s court. This piece describes his latest move as an attempt at a compromise that will appeal to the GOP. But when you actually read what the two changes are, it’s almost impossible to see how they could sweeten the deal in any meaningful way.
The truth as I see it is that each party is philosophically opposed to the other’s stand on this issue, and see this as an exceedingly important showdown. But beyond the substantive disagreements is the need to appeal to constituents. No one wants to be turned out of office in 2012, and in the House everyone is up for grabs.
The results of the election of 2010 put the fear of being dismissed by the voters into everyone, not just the Democrats. The electorate is angry and impatient and will not forgive transgressions. That’s another reason true compromise is difficult, if not impossible.