people are still suggesting that obama can trump house republicans because he, unlike them, is willing to go over the fiscal cliff. dude have you not been watching this barack obama? he will not be doing that (though i think it represents a relatively rational approach to budgeting), nor can a person such as that plausibly wave that thing around. the last thing he is going to do is remove the bush-era tax cuts on the middle f-ing class. (i intend to offer a plea for the insertion of 'f-ing' between the two words of the phrase 'middle class' as a matter of correct usage.) he is not going to do that even symbolically or like for a moment. i guess he might have to pretend at some point in the process, but surely no one is going to take that seriously. this actually is why right-end house republicans do still have leverage. boehner is going to have to again try to deal with this within the caucus, because if it comes down to that straight-up vote on the sort of thing obama is saying again - oy 'we can do this right now!' you can't right now me again a year later - you could watch it fall apart into pure party lines again.