Cantor’s Cant, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 24 2011 @ 2:16pm

Ezra Klein asks why anti-tax fundamentalism has disrupted the debt ceiling talks:

[T]he GOP's sudden insistence that taxes have nothing to do with our problems and only a loon would suggest they have a role in our solutions is ahistorical and unempirical. If you've gotten lost, the first thing to do is try and go back to way you came. After a decade of spending increases and tax cuts, that's what a package of spending cuts and tax increases would do. There's nothing radical about that notion, nothing that should force a halt to discussions and the sort of rhetoric we're hearing from the Republican side.

John Dickerson says not to worry:

Before the final stage of backroom negotiations, there are always the denunciations, charges of unseriousness, and accusations of ideological rigidity. Why do we always come to this stage? It's a negotiating tactic, an educational exercise, and stage management. Anyone putting together a deal knows the value of seeming inflexible. Maybe you'll win concessions from the other side. Republican leaders must make a show of how difficult they are to impress their members and constituents. If a deal happened with Biden in a room and there wasn't any public outcry, conservatives would have every right to be suspicious that Republicans got rolled.

Jonathan Bernstein echoes Dickerson.