I found this story extremely interesting.
During a panel on Fox News Sunday, Kristol predicted that “Republicans will have to give in much more than they think” because of President Barack Obama’s overwhelming electoral defeat of Mitt Romney.
“Four presidents in the last century have won 50 percent of the vote twice: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Reagan, and Obama,” the conservative pundit explained. “It pains me to say that, to put him in with those other three, but it’s a fact. Democrats picked up seats in the House and the Senate. The president is in good shape. … I think there will be a big budget deal. It will be an Obama budget deal much more than a Paul Ryan-type budget deal. Elections have consequences.”
“I really don’t understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000 — make it $500,000, make it a million,” Kristol insisted.
“Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half of them live in Hollywood?”
Since I've recently seen other high-profile conservatives calling for a softening of the "no negotiation" stance I'm hoping that we'll see more of the party come back to the table. The only recent story I've seen that has me worried about this is the report about Obama's newest budget proposal.
That document, which sought about $1.5 trillion in new revenue, was declared "dead on arrival" on Capitol Hill - along with virtually every other legislative proposal - when it landed there last winter during election season.
But it is being resurrected by the Obama administration as a framework for negotiations with Republicans to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax increases and indiscriminate budget cuts set to take effect the beginning of next year.
The fact that this is basically the same budget that Republicans completely shut down last time isn't inspiring confidence. While there have been some flickers of the idea that "we may need to negotiate" floating around the Republican party I'm not sure how many are going give this proposal an honest look because of their initial response to it and how they think it might look if they "cave in" now.
So, is this really a sea change for the Republican party in working with Obama or are these just instances of a few highly visible conservatives calling for change?