On the fiscal cliff, Republicans are so screwed Maybe its just me, but I dont see how Republicans have anything but bad options regarding the fiscal cliff. At least, not in the short term. Even if Republicans negotiate the best bipartisan deal possible (something akin to the Corker plan), anyone who votes for it would be accused of selling out. This would cause the base to either become demoralized or (more likely) angry angry enough to primary the read my lips traitors. Either way, its not a good thing. On the other hand, if no deal is reached, Republicans will surely be blamed (this is always a safe assumption and a smart default position for a variety of reasons.) This hasnt stopped some conservative pundits from acting as if Republicans hold all the cards. But the notion that Republicans have leverage is silly. Its the same kind of happy thinking that led some to boldly predict a Romney victory. Look at it from Obamas perspective. Would allowing the sequestration cuts to kick in be that bad? It would allow him to cut the U.S. military (and blame Republicans), make some much-needed spending cuts (without taking heat from his base), and as a bonus raise taxes! *snip* Republicans are so screwed. This is from thedailycaller.com, Fucker Carlson's online wingnut-fest. It was written by Matt K. Lewis: , ubiquitous wingnut mouthpiece.