December 15, 2012
AT THE POINT WHERE THE UR AND MR. BOEHNER STARTED NEGOTIATING SERIOUSLY...:
All Negotiations Are the Same (Michael Tomasky, Dec 14, 2012, Daily Beast)
[O]n one level, all negotiations are the same. Each side has to think about looking strong to its base or members. Then the eleventh hour comes and it's time to talk turkey. So nothing truly important seems likely to happen here, to me, until right after Christmas.
However, some event is needed to trigger the talking of turkey. In my case, it was our brilliant proletarian formula. It broke the tension. So one side or the other is going to have to come up with some semi-innovative way to settle some of the looming questions, or at least defer them in a creative fashion.
...the breakthrough would have already occurred, with Republicans accepting tax increases and the President entitlement reforms.Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2012 6:17 PM