Liberals aren’t happy with Obama’s shift on tax cuts but he did put the GOP at a disadvantage by how he framed it. The negotiation, as he described it, is about Democrats protecting the middle class and Republicans protecting the rich.
The Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire in less than two months, meaning that the lame duck Congress must act if the cuts are to be extended. If Obama and Democratic leaders succeed in making middle class tax cuts permanent in exchange for a short-term extension for the wealthy, that would set up a politically advantageous showdown with the GOP’s advocacy for the rich during the next presidential election.
Of course, Republicans are hip to this plan and will resist. But however this pans out, Democrats have an opportunity to once again portray the GOP as the party of the rich. While that’s obvious to many voters, it never hurts Democrats to reinforce the point.
CQ Roll Call: Sparring over tax cuts underway