President Obama’s fiscal cliff deal with Republicans “has touched off a fresh wave of grievance among disappointed liberals who complained that he caved in on taxes and sent a signal that he would ultimately surrender on other priorities as he prepared to open his second term,” the New York Times reports.
“While most Democratic senators went along with the compromise in an early-morning vote on Tuesday, activists, labor leaders and liberal economists issued a harsh barrage against the deal. The president, they said, squandered his election victory by allowing too many wealthy Americans to keep income and estate tax cuts that otherwise would have expired.”
Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leaders tell The Hill they will “reject any House effort to amend a fiscal cliff deal that passed the upper chamber with overwhelming support on New Year’s Day.”
Said one Democratic aide: “We’re done.”
In fact, ABC News reports Senators have already left town.