The doomsayers are out in force about the fights to come.
Talking heads on TV are full of predictions about a triplet of mini-"Fiscal Cliff" confrontations ahead and how tough it's going to be for President Obama.
- Raising the Debt Limit
- The Return of Squestration
- The Continuing Resolution
On the contrary, President Obama's victory (which is also a victory for America), sets a pattern that puts America on a better path. The meaning of "Party of NO" has changed. From now on, it means, "NO wins".
You only have to ask the question, "Why did Republicans cave in at the final hour?" The answer clearly points to a total collapse of their bankrupt strategy from now on. The reason is that America has finally seen through the Republican strategy of holding America's future hostage to their narrow goals. Republicans know now that they will be held responsible at the polls for any damage done to America the very next time the voters get a chance. While there are a lot of Republicans willing to blow themselves up like a Taliban terrorist, enough Republicans are more interested in self preservation to ensure that they won't win any more .
The "debt limit" fight will be the next one up and progressive thinkers like me are looking forward to it. (It's always fun to win!) Who will voters blame if America's credit rating (and therefore borrowing costs) takes another hit? President Obama won't have to sacrifice any goal to get the limit raised next time. The Republicans will be holding a gun to their own head. President Obama will only have to say, "Go ahead and shoot if you must."
One of the best things about the debt limit fight is that losing it will make "The Party of NO" even weaker for coming fights. Losing twice in a row will be bad enough for morale, but the way they will lose will be even better. They'll lose it because they are now a party divided against itself. Tea Party baggers have succeeded in doing to the Republican Party what they have already done to America. Their total unwillingness to consider any ideas other than their own dogma has painted the most radical of them into a corner. The rest will turn against them to save their own skins in 2014.
The "Sequestration" fight will be right on the heels of the debt limit fight. This will be a direct fight over domestic and military government spending. Congress, in their infinite wisdom, decided to simply delay a;utomatic spending cuts across the board for most government programs for two more months.
President Obama will win this one too. The fact of the matter is that President Obama has always been and still is on the side of cutting government spending. The argument is about "where". And right now, the biggest, fattest target in sight is the spending sacred cow worshipped by RWNJ's everywhere: military spending. Some of the biggest spending is right in the home ground of "The Party of NO": places like South Carolina, Alabama, and Texas. As loudly as they bawl about spending on seniors and the unemployed, RWNJ's LOVE their own private pork barrels. The ONLY thing President Obama will have to do is make a valid case for balanced cuts -- which he will do. Republicans will cave like a Florida sinkhole.
The Party of NO will have their best chance when a budget continuing resolution for the government itself comes up for a vote again at about the same time. True RWNJ's will be straining at their chains to strike back at big, bad government for all their hurt feelings by simply shutting the government down. But with all the bad baggage they will have by this time, who thinks they will get away with it?
Saving the best for last, The Party of NO has now set themselves up for the biggest losses in 2014 since the Whig Party disappeared, no matter how they have gerrymandered their districts.
John Boehner said, "Go fuck yourself" at the White House last Friday, but he must not have been talking to Harry Reid. He was really talking to his own people. And they did!