The Republicans' Moment of Truth

By Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast - December 30, 2012

Barack Obama sounded reasonably confident Friday evening that a deal can still be reached. But it's his job to sound optimistic, and not to anger Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. Happily, that's not part of my portfolio, so I'm free to say that the question that still looms over the eleventh-hour fiscal cliff negotiations this weekend is a simple one: Will McConnell and Boehner allow votes on any last-minute deal? A more emphatic way of phrasing it is, will they finally put the country ahead of their party for a change, and ahead of their party's unaltered view that any posture toward Obama other than belligerence equals capitulation to an enemy? That's all that matters here. They both have the power to permit a deal, at least on taxes. The question is whether they'll allow it. We're going to learn a lot about the post-election Republican Party this weekend.

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