* Remember all that chatter about how John Boehner supposedly made a concession on high end taxes the other day? Well, it turns out that was utter nonsense:
“Raising taxes on small businesses will kill jobs in America. It is as simple as that,” Boehner said today in a wide-ranging interview with USA TODAY in which he repeatedly spoke of finding “common ground” with Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
By “small businesses,” Boehner really means, “those with incomes over $250,000.” Elsewhere in the interview, Boehner signals support for raising revenues by closing loopholes, but he already agreed to that during the 2011 debt ceiling talks — it’s basically the Mitt Romney position. The question is whether Republicans will agree to an increase in high end tax rates. Remember: Dems are the ones who hold the leverage here.
* As Dana Milbank details, Boehner can’t give ground without enraging the “no-compromise wing” of the GOP, which still wields great influence despite all the damage it has done to the party.
* Another example of this: Here’s Boehner earlier today:
Asked whether he will make another attempt to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, Boehner said “the election changes that” and “Obamacare is the law of the land.”
And here’s the quick clarification:
ObamaCare is law of the land, but it is raising costs & threatening jobs. Our goal has been, and will remain, #fullrepeal.
* Andrew Rosenthal skewers the GOP argument that the election somehow gave Republicans a mandate to hold the line against tax hikes on the rich. Yes, the GOP held the House — but the presidential race was a national election, one largely focused on this very question.
* The Romney camp seems to be conceding Florida, which would put Obama’s electoral vote count at 332. But remember: This was a small victory!
* Good point from Ari Berman: The surprisingly diverse 2012 turnout doesn’t just vindicate the Obama camp’s operation; it also underscores how miserably all those voter suppression schemes failed.
* Now that Obamacare is here to stay, the states need to get to work implementing it, but its proponents need to do a much better job explaining its benefits to the public.
* Richard Socarides explains why 2012 was the “gay rights election,” and makes an important point: Gay marriage might not have passed in three more states if Obama hadn’t voiced support. Evolving matters.
* Factoid of the day: For the first time in history, women will hold 20 seats in the U.S. Senate. It’s yet another indication of the GOP need to catch up with changing demographics.
* Yup, the polls were skewed, after all — in ways that biased them against Obama, not against Romney.
* As Steve Benen notes, it’s ironic that Karl Rove claimed Obama’s negative ads constitute “suppressing the vote,” given his party’s far reaching legal campaign to actually suppress the vote.
* A new poll by left-leaning pro-Israel J-Street finds Jewish voters went for Obama by 70-30. This will be forgotten in 2016, when the perennial stories about the “Dems’ Jewish problem” get going again.
* An interesting suggestion from the Jewish Daily Forward: What if all that money billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson pumped into the race actually ended up helping Obama win reelection?
* And an emotional account detailing how hard it was for Romney and his team to absorb the news he had lost. Their absolute conviction right up until the end that he’d win remains striking.