Outmaneuvered GOP Already Defeated on Budget Battle
With public against them, Republicans look for 'orderly surrender': Dana Milbank
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 1:35 PM CST
House Speaker John Boehner left, talks with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 28, 2012, during a news conference.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Don't be fooled by posturing or rhetoric, Republicans have already lost the fight with President Obama over increasing taxes—the only question is whether they'll admit defeat before the government goes over the "fiscal cliff," writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post. With Americans ready to blame the GOP if a deal isn't reached, Obama holds a huge advantage. "Republicans are looking for face-saving ways to retreat," says Milbank, and House leader John Boehner can only hope "to lead his fractious GOP to an orderly surrender."

Step one in preparing for the compromise was the GOP leadership reining in the party's more uncompromising hardliners, removing "dissidents" from the House Financial Services Committee and the Budget Committee. Illinois Rep. Pete Roskam said it would be "foolish" to reject an Obama proposal that had a 3-to-1 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases; however, "from a bunch that liked to say they wouldn’t allow a dollar of new revenue even if it came with $10 in spending cuts, this white flag is as big as a bedsheet," says Milbank. Read his full column here.

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MSCOTTASHLEY
Dec 7, 2012 4:34 PM CST
After what the republican leadership has done the last 4 years they've earned a good ass kicking and I wanna see Boehner and Mitch "Da Turtle" in tears. Just to keep some people educated, everyone gets a tax break on $250K no matter how much they make. Everybody gets a tax break under the Obama plan.
right2dave
Dec 7, 2012 6:31 AM CST
Obama, like Morsi will just change the laws to make himself king.
TessTalks
Dec 6, 2012 11:50 PM CST
Republicans are just a bunch of pathetic loser grandstanding morons who are too stupid to see the writing on the wall.