I’ve been watching the fiscal cliff mess only half-interestedly, see here for the latest installment. I don’t have any strong opinions on what exactly Obama should do here, tactically speaking. It looks like there’s a lot to be said for just going over the cliff at this point, but I don’t know for sure.
I just want to make a general point: before the election, I wrote that even if the Republicans won, they’d be screwed in the long run without some difficult re-organizing of their coalition. But they didn’t win. They failed to unseat Obama, they failed to retake the Senate, and in the House they lost the popular vote, only to hold on due to redistricting.
In spite of this, they’re trying to use that tiny bit of power they’ve got left to get their way. Which means threatening to make a complete mess of things if they don’t get their way, refusing to do anything to fix the economy, possibly even wrecking the economy with debt ceiling nonsense, etc.
Luckily, with the “fiscal cliff,” the effects of going over it won’t be immediate, so negotiations can continue after January 1st if necessary. I don’t know Obama’s best move here, but I do know one thing: fuck the Republicans.