Back in August, the Republicans blocked an extension of the middle class tax cuts. Taxes will go up for almost everyone in January.
Since the wealthiest people got the best cuts, the expiration will hurt them the most visibly... and probably also jolt the economy into sudden life, despite the fact that the purchasing power of the middle class will be reduced.
And you know what we have to do to make sure that happens?
Not one fucking thing. It's already done.
That's what has really happened since the Teabaggers came to Washington: Democrats have run rings around them legislatively and executive-ly. "No" is predictable and can be used against those too stupid to know how to say anything else.
We already roped them into raising taxes, cutting half a trillion from the defense budget, ending the war in Iraq, and giving up their ability to shut down the government by withholding funds. Not one important Republican-authored bill has passed Congress in two years.
The next two years are the best opportunity we have had in decades to grab a supermajority in the Senate, and control of the House and the White House. We can expect Senate Democrats to slyly maneuver GOP Senators onto the wrong side of every issue Americans care about, exactly as we did this time, which led to a 25-8 victory in Senate elections.
We are choking out the GOP, slowly, painfully, but also inexorably.