It seems like the only people inside the Beltway who want to make a deal on the fiscal cliff are House Republicans and some responsible Senate Republicans, such as Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
The president doesn’t want a deal because that would mean spending cuts and entitlement reform and a fight with the left. Senate Democrats don’t want a deal because that would mean they’d have to vote on something.
The all-or-nothing conservatives don’t want a deal because that would make them irrelevant.
The 2016 GOP presidential contenders in Congress don’t want a deal because if they vote for it the far right will clobber them in the primaries.
The 2016 GOP presidential contenders not in Congress don’t want a deal because that would diminish the argument that Washington insiders can’t get anything done.
The liberal media don’t want a deal because then they’d have to give the Republicans some credit.
So are the House and Senate Republicans alone? Why, not at all. The overwhelming number of Americans (oh, yes, the voters) want a deal. The GOP has stumbled into the right policy and advantageous political position. They should stick with it. Sure, we’ll raise taxes on the rich, but we need real entitlement reform. That, you see, is unacceptable to the president. A frustrated Republican on Capitol Hill put it this way: “[Obama] only wants to raise taxes, and then start spending again. Hell, the Sandy supplemental he sent up would nearly wipe out the first year of revenue from his tax rate hike. No, he doesn’t want a solution.” There you have it.