I’ve not reported on those interminable fiscal cliff negotiations for a while, have I? I’m leaving it to others for the moment.
Why? It’s one of those post-election nightmares that was easy to foresee, and seems like a losing proposition, especially with Boehner in there. I have seen very little about him throughout his entire tenure that would earn my confidence; I’m sorry to say he seems like a mediocrity at best. It’s a terrible thing to have him as negotiator for the GOP (note I didn’t say for conservatives), kind of like a slow-motion train wreck that’s going at about 5 miles an hour and yet can wreak a great deal of damage.
Another reason I find it hard to report on this is that the ins and outs are a sort of theater (although not an entertaining one) that only really matter at the climax: what will the final agreement be? My guess: not at all good.
So if you have a stronger stomach than I, feel free to talk about all of this here.
[ADDENDUM: Steven Hayward of Powerline defends Boehner. Interesting. He may even be correct.]