Ezra Klein on the Catfood Commission:
Meanwhile, the fiscal commission is set to vote today. Expectations are that 10 of 18 members — including Sens. Dick Durbin, Kent Conrad, Mike Crapo, and Tom Coburn — will support the measure. That’s well below the 14-person supermajority needed to furnish a recommendation, but it’s the next best thing — a solid majority backed by some powerful legislators. It’s hard to be confident about the prospects of a difficult package designed to address a long-term problem when you watch the difficulty Congress is having addressing the urgent expiration of a popular raft of tax cuts, but this will at least give the fiscal commission an argument to push forward: A 10-person majority that includes both Durbin and Coburn is sufficient for the package’s supporters to credibly argue the commission’s report deserves consideration by Congress and may indeed be the starting point for a compromise.
WTF, Ezra? The report itself was supposed to be the compromise. Their alleged purpose was to come up with a series of proposals that would be accepted as a whole. They didn’t do that, and they’re not getting the votes they need to move this to Congress.
Now you and the rest of the Villagers are saying, “Close enough, here’s a cigar”? Fuck that.