Talk Box: The Left’s Take on Obama’s Latest Surrender


The recent signs of a coming compromise by the White House to extend tax cuts for the wealthy, while simultaneously attempting to dramatically reduce the deficit, is not sitting well with folks on the left who seem to have finally ceased astonishment when the Obama administration chooses not to tussle with Republicans over issues that are near and dear to them. The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman blames procedural complications of a lame-duck Congress for tying the president’s hands, but The Nation’s Chris Hayes reminds us how post-shellacked Republicans still managed to use a lame-duck session to pursue the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998. Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher still holds out hope that Obama will force the millionaires in Congress to show their true colors, and Fox News’s Sean Hannity interprets kicking the can down the road as something Republicans would be caving on, not Obama, but guest Stuart Varney assures Hannity that no matter what, all of the tax cuts will end up being permanent.