On Monday night's Special Report, Brit Hume pleaded for sympathy for House Republicans. He said, "If you have an ounce of compassion this Christmas season, save it for John Boehner and the House Republicans.”
“President Obama is treating them as if he has them over a barrel headed for the fiscal cliff, and he does. This is not because Mr. Obama won re-election, after all he won only 51%, and needed the greatest voter-mobilization operation in history to do it. His leverage now stems from the law which ends the Bush tax rates on January 1, imposing new, higher tax rates and a steep set of spending cuts that fall with special force on the military. Nobody wants these things, but Republicans, the low-tax and strong-defense party, want them least of all.”
Nobody wants these things, Brit? The reality is that Americans favor defense spending cuts over cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. And they favor higher taxes on the rich by a 2-1 margin. Until the Republicans understand, they won’t get any compassion.