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December 22, 2012

Tax Fight Sends GOP Into Chaos

Karen Tumulty: "Disarray is a word much overused in politics. But it barely begins to describe the current state of chaos and incoherence as Republicans come to terms with electoral defeat and try to regroup against a year-end deadline to avert a fiscal crisis."

"Whether and how the party can resolve the issue has implications going forward. It could determine Boehner's viability -- even his survival-- as leader of the only part of the federal government controlled by the Republicans. It also could set the terms of engagement for the battles that lie ahead, including such contentious ones as immigration and the fiscal 2013 spending bills, which are funded for only half the year and which expire March 31."

"As things stand now, some worry that nothing short of a catastrophe could force a resolution."

Andrew Sullivan: "The Republican slide into total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a free-fall. This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government."


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