Election? What election?

I thought this was interesting. Greg Sargent:

To get a sense of how adamantly House conservatives are opposed to conceding any ground to Dems, check out what one House GOPer had to say about this:

Meanwhile, anti-tax sentiment is so strong in the House that one GOP freshman, Rep. Andy Harris, said he would vote against any tax increase that wasn’t paired with spending cuts at least 10 times as large. And if Obama rejects such a deal? “Then we go over the cliff,” Harris said.


As you may recall, this 10-to-one ratio of spending cuts to tax increases is precisely the ratio all of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates pledged to abide by. Republicans, of course, lost the presidential election. Yet here you have a House conservative refusing to budge from the very same principle that was soundly repudiated by voters. It’s as if the election never happened.


And indeed, for some conservatives, there’s no need to acknowledge that the election happened. I don’t know if this applies to Rep. Harris, but in a general sense, as I noted here yesterday, many of them retain strong incentives to stand by positions that have been rejected by the broader electorate, thanks to safely drawn districts where voters agree with them, and the prospect of praise from conservative interest groups and right wing media as a reward for any refusal to compromise with Dems. The result: A schism may be developing between Senate and House Republicans, one driven by the plain fact that Senate Republicans are increasingly recognizing reality — tax rates on the rich must go up — and House Republicans aren’t.

There are ways to get these extreme House members in line (historically, when their offices are reassigned to a windowless basement office and their staffers are cut to one or two, they usually have a change of heart), but Boehner is not a tough guy and probably wouldn’t dare to use those methods — although, with Young Cantor breathing down his neck, it would be wise to do so.

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