Did the House "cave" on the payroll tax bill?

That’s how it’s being framed, by multiple members of the press as well as some angry freshman republicans. “Cave” is this cycle’s buzzword, and I don’t like it.

You often hear me complaining about the adversarial nature of current politics, and language is a big part of it. The word “cave” implies defeat, that Republicans allowed Democrats to win this battle. But as I said at the beginning, the Senate was fairly bipartisan in passing the thing, so we’re not talking about a Democratic dream bill here.

Obviously I’m rocked that the payroll tax cut is sticking around, because who couldn’t use an extra $40 every payday? But it shouldn’t be flaunted as a winners and losers situation politically. All that does is foment resentment and cause the “cavers” to want to avoid such embarrassment in the future by not reaching across next time.

I’ll be the first to dance and shout when the Dems ram an awesome bill through despite GOP opposition, but this is one of those cases where the two dudes should shake hands, not fists.

Our maybe I’m just feeling all warm and fuzzy from xmas nog, who knows.


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