* Good Ed Kilgore post on the remarkable success Republicans continue to enjoy in lurching ever rightward while selling their willingness to edge back to the center-right position as “compromise.”
* Jon Chait on how the shifting demographics of the youth vote could portend a liberal future beyond anyone’s expectations, and why these are changes the GOP won’t be able to keep pace with even if it tries.
* Mike Tomasky is right: Obama’s electoral win was a victory for raising tax rates on the rich, period, full stop, and Republicans shouldn’t get to dictate the terms this time.
* Kevin Drum makes a great point about John Boehner’s claim that raising the debt ceiling has a “price”:
What’s even more gobsmacking is that nobody in the press seems to find this at all out of the ordinary. The leader of the opposition basically shrugs his shoulders in public and says that if the president doesn’t want the national economy to collapse, he’ll have to pay a price. The response is another collective shrug.
* Steve Benen explains why Dems want the debt ceiling to be part of the fiscal cliff talks: In 2010, Dems failed to secure a debt ceiling hike as part of the lame duck talks, and paid the price in a big way the next year.
* And Harry Reid adds to the chorus insisting that the debt ceiling hike must be resolved along with the fiscal cliff, a sign Dems are coalescing around this strategy.
* Everyone is talking about Bruce Bartlett’s heartfelt mea culpa about the failings of movement conservatism and the reality-denialism of its economic theories.
* Commenting on Bartlett, Paul Krugman keeps pointing out, crucially, that there simply is no equivalence between the two sides’ fudging of the numbers in service of their economic theories:
No, it’s not symmetric: Obama and his people do play some number games, but not to anything like the same degree — it’s more about packaging than about trying to tell a fundamentally false story.
* Jonathan Bernstein doesn’t have much trouble dismantling the Senate GOP’s claim that the real reason they filibuster Dem legislation nonstop is in retaliation for Dem procedural tricks. Filibuster reform, anyone?
* Senator Jeff Merkley’s simple justification for filibuster reform: “McConnell has broken the social contract.”
* And consumer confidence hits its highest level in nearly five years. Remember those days during the election, when political types actually talked about the economy?