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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:52 AM

GOP Senator Concedes Fiscal Cliff Defeat, “Hats Off To The President

Source: BuzzFeed

GOP Senator Concedes Fiscal Cliff Defeat, “Hats Off To The President”

Lindsey Graham says odds of deal are “exceedingly good,” but hints at another debt ceiling fight.

Zeke Miller
BuzzFeed Staff


WASHINGTON — South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham conceded defeat in the fiscal cliff negotiations Sunday morning, saying "hats off to the president."

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Graham complimented President Barack Obama for sticking to his guns in talks with congressional Republicans.

"He stood his ground. He's going to get tax rate increases," Graham said. "It will be a political victory for the president."

"The president won. The president campaigned on raising rates and he's going to get a rate increase," he added.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:59 AM

1. But will the President get what he promised the people? Tax hikes on 250K and up?

 

Better be....

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Response to SugarShack (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:59 AM

3. And what the majority of citizens polled said that they wanted? 250K....IS THE NUMBER!

 

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Response to SugarShack (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 12:05 PM

8. Yes, 250K. No more talk of this $400K stuff.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:59 AM

2. I had to check to make sure this wasn't the Onion. My tv is off....LOL..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:11 AM

4. Translation: BWAAAAAH!

The Rightosphere is for once coming to grips with reality, albeit on their worldview's terms: that awful Kenyan Muslim Socialist has made fools of Miss McConnell and Weeper Boner, and the Teabaggers will be livid -- LIVID -- that that evil negr... er, um, illegitimate usurper who stole the election got his way!

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Response to johnfunk (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:16 AM

5. Let em bitch...

They got OUTVOTED in the House General Elections (more American's voted for DEMS than the GOP) and if they try and take the Speakership from Boehner for this fiscal cliff defeat this we might end up with Speaker Pelosi as an election Bonus. Not all Republicans are idiots. Some actually understand the importance of trying to govern, even if they disagree with us on the best way to do it. But fuck the rest of them at this point.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 11:10 AM

6. I think Graham is just making it perfectly crystalline clear to his bosses that it is Obama

who is raising taxes. This, IMO, is false praise, just clearly assigning blame.
In a way, the GOP won, too. They know taxes need to be raised, they just cannot have their fingerprints on it.
I'll wait to see the entire deal before judging anything. This mess will go on behind closed doors for another month, looks like, in little bits and pieces.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 11:23 AM

7. I agree. When withholding increases next month, he wants everyone to blame Obama. (n/t)

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Response to djean111 (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 12:19 PM

9. Exactly. A back-handed compliment.

""He stood his ground. He's going to get tax rate increases," Graham said. "It will be a political victory for the president."

Note that he conveniently left out "on the wealthy" after "tax rate increases" to make it sound less palatable. It's blame with a wink, not credit.

As for making the debt ceiling an issue... Last time, many people hoped Obama would declare Congress' attempt to block an increase as unconstitutional. Obama wanted to take the more conciliatory route, as always. Hopefully, not this time. If nothing else, it will buy time until the Supreme Court rules, if it goes that far.

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