It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
And I’m feeeeeeeeeling good –Barack Obama Simone
It’s Republican Introspection Time.
Having seen the writing on the exit poll magic wall, Fox News commentators Sean Hannity and Charles Krauthammer had their Come to Jesus moment (likely pronounced Hay-zeus) on immigration reform earlier in the week. Now conservative pundit and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol is having his own change-of-heart on taxes. This, from Fox News Sunday:
“The leadership in the Republican Party and the leadership in the conservative movement has to pull back, let people float new ideas. Let’s have a serious debate. Don’t scream and yell when one person says, ‘You know what? It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.’ It really won’t, I don’t think.” … “I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000 — make it $500,000, make it a million. Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half of them live in Hollywood?”
Without admitting that President Obama earned his administration a mandate on Tuesday (whatever the hell a “mandate” really means), it seems leading Republicans are not-so-quietly accepting the idea that the party’s tent needs to be much, much larger if they’re to survive the ascension of the much-discussed new American electorate.