By Jennifer Rubin, SEPT. 18, 2012
President Obama would like us to believe that the only thing standing between extension of the Bush tax cuts for everyone and expiration of those same cuts is the Republican Party. But of course, Obama has never had a solid Democratic majority on his side for raising taxes on small business and upper income taxpayers.
It now looks like he’s getting the rug pulled out from under him once again. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) has eager staffers only too willing to highlight a Politico report that “Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois is floating a six-month extension of current rates combined with budget cuts so lawmakers have time to reach a grand bargain deal early next year.” You can count in the mix of Obama non-supporters Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and “other Democrats,” according to the report.
This will be a blow to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) who is willing to drive the economy over a cliff to soak the rich. In July the Post reported:
In a speech Monday, Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the Senate’s No. 4 Democrat and the leader of the caucus’s campaign arm, plans to make the clearest case yet for going over what some have called the “fiscal cliff.”