Republicans and conservatives continued to rail last night against President Barack Obama’s opening offer on the deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, and it is pushing more toward a stance of “jumping off the cliff” if they don’t receive a better compromise.
Most notably, columnist Charles Krauthammer made a strange Civil War analogy to compare the negotiations.
Here’s Krauthammer on Fox News yesterday:
It’s not just a bad deal, this is really an insulting deal. What Geithner offered, what you showed on the screen, Robert E. Lee was offered easier terms at Appomattox, and he lost the Civil War. The Democrats won by 3% of the vote and they did not hold the House, Republicans won the house. So this is not exactly unconditional surrender, but that is what the administration is asking of the Republicans.
Other conservatives and Republicans, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and The Drudge Report, simply took the stance of wondering whether it was a joke.
Krauthammer urged Republicans to “simply walk away” from negotiations if they do not receive a better offer. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh pumped up a similar approach on Thursday. Politico’s Ben White writes in his Morning Money roundup — via a GOP source — that it could move House Republicans in a different direction.
“[T]his move coupled with the encouragement by [columnist Charles] Krauthammer and Rush [Limbaugh] to ‘walk away’ may lead the Rs in the House to just pass their own bill and send it to the Senate to lay down a marker. Most House Rs are in very safe seats. They are far less afraid of the President than Rs in the Senate that have statewide constituencies.”
Here’s video of Krauthammer, via Newsbusters:
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