By Isaac Butler
After Eric Cantor's stubborness and assholery accidentally saved the New Deal, after Mitch McConnell's hilariously craven "back-up plan" something appears to be shifting. The GOP appears to be definitively losing the PR war, and the Village Consensus seems to be inching back to the Center. The early bellwether was David Brooks, writing in the New York Times that the GOP "may no longer be a normal party" because their anti-tax fanaticism was getting in the way of them acccomplishing... well... anything else. After all, Obama basically offered them the farm-- dramatic reductions in the social safety net, trillions of dollars of spending cuts and nominal revenue increases, largely from closing loopholes--and they turned him down.
Looking at the front page of the Times website today, we see that just below an article about McConnell's proposal is an article summing up the consensus view amongst mainstream economists on all sides of the aisle: taxes must go up. And then today we also have this hit piece from Dana Milbank at the Post on Eric Cantor.You may remember Milbank, he's the class act who called Hillary Clinton a "mad bitch" during a "humor" segment on the Post's website.
Milbank's piece on Cantor is no less oleaginous. The first third of it is entirely dedicated to how ugly Eric Cantor looks when he smiles. (No, I'm serious). Milbank still the prince of venemous, vapid snark but for once that snark is trained firmly on the Republicans.
The more they hold out after being given everything they wanted, the more absurd they look. Obama should be thanking them. What he is reported to have offered them in the negotiations over the debt ceiling was inexcusable from a Democratic President, particularly considering how meagre the concessions were that he asked for. Eric Cantor and the Tea Party's fundamnetalist faith in discredited supply side economics and austerity theory has saved Obama from himself, and may just save the Democrats in 2012.