Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Republicans are the Keyser Söze of politics

They are willing to do what Democrats are not.

Jonathan Bernstein:
At the end of the day, a lot of Republican constituency groups are willing to go along with an all-or-nothing strategy on most issues, while Democratic constituency groups are perfectly willing to bargain for as much as they can get. Look: if you want universal health care, you are probably willing to settle for moving from 80% coverage to 95% coverage (or whatever the actual numbers are). If you believe that government involvement in health care is unconstitutional, or immoral, or whatever, then there's not much to bargain over. [...]
In lots of policy areas, Republicans simply don't care very much what happens. And while that has a lot of limitations, it also can at times give them strong bargaining power.


Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

I don't buy it. Democrats in Congress and President Obama are simply bad negotiators.

If Republicans were given the choiice of saving none of the Bush tax cuts, and saving all of them on people making less than $1,000,000, they would cave after a month or two of increased withholding from people's paychecks.

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