President Barack Obama seems to want to rise above politics in the tax debate. Good luck with that.
When Obama announced the White House’s tentative tax deal with congressional Republicans, he said he had agreed to compromise rather than “play politics” at a time when Americans want problems solved.
The president gave every impression of bowing to the verdict that voters delivered on Nov. 2, when they evicted so many Democrats from their lodgings in the House of Representatives and handed the time-share keys to the Republicans.
But whether voters are grateful enough to reward Obama’s thoughtfulness in 2012 is another story.
Many Democratic voters are likely to be aghast at his willingness to accept continued tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.