Boehner Plays a Weak Hand
washingtonpost.com — There is no guarantee that President Obama will get everything he wants out of the "fiscal cliff" showdown. But I’d rather be playing the president’s hand than John Boehner’s. Most House Republicans are in safe districts, but not all of them—and the GOP majority will be smaller when the new Congress convenes. Polls indicate that most Americans believe the tax increase Obama seeks for the wealthy is no big deal. It’s hard to imagine how Republicans can possibly get a better offer on taxes and spending in January than they can get now. Hence Boehner’s urgency. Time is not on his side.