“Let me suggest a short term strategy which will put Let It Burn in the proper context, which is that the Burn is the result of a failure of Democrats to negotiate on spending,” William A. Jacobson writes today at Legal Insurrection:
It’s called the Christmas Strategy, you may have heard of it:
I say call his bluff. If a deal which tackles deficits from both revenue and spending can be reached this month, great.
If not, pass a 90 day extension of current tax rates and whatever else is needed to postpone the “cliff,” and go home for Christmas to give time for a Grand Bargain which puts Democratic sacred cows on the table.
Let Harry Reid refuse to bring it to a vote, and Obama refuse to sign it. Their inaction will be the reason for taxes rising for everyone.
Sounds like a great idea. Will Boehner go for it? Who knows — or as Jim Geraghty asks, “Does Anybody Besides Boehner Know What Boehner Is Doing?”