GOP must choose the lesser of its two evils
By: Jake Sherman and Manu Raju, Politico.com
November 29, 2012 11:15 PM EST
Democrats are increasingly confident that rank-and-file Republicans will cave on taxes and force House GOP leaders to pass a tax cut plan for families who earn less than $250,000.
It’s a risky gambit with about a month before the country hits the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts.
But Democrats, feeling like they have serious leverage, believe the only path for a deal is to pass a middle-class tax cut package to pave the way for larger fiscal negotiations in 2013 over taxes and spending.
“You can smell the winds,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), No. 3 in his party’s leadership, said Thursday. “When so many Republicans say, ‘Hey, we’re going to have to give into the Democrats,’ that’s how it works around here. That’s the beginning.”