Could you imagine if Republicans pulled a stunt like this? The media would be at the gate with pitchforks and torches. But, as it happens today, it's Democrats who are playing games on Capitol Hill as our country nears the edge of the fiscal cliff and outrage is sparse:
Back in May, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi proposed in a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner that the House should vote to raise taxes on household incomes of more than $1 million.
"A million and above," Mrs. Pelosi wrote. "Who can argue with that?"
Actually, Mrs. Pelosi can. Now that Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, has embraced the proposal in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations with President Obama, Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, and her team are urging their party's lawmakers to vote against it.
In most conservatives' eyes, Boehner has already caved by giving into such demands to let the Bush tax cuts expire on the countries top earners. If he insists on adopting Pelosi's plan, it would seem like the only good move at this point would be to walk away. Tell the White House you've accepted Pelosi's offer and Obama can take it or leave it. No more games.