Gail Collins: Revolt of the Cliff Dwellers

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Attempts to avert the infamous "fiscal cliff" are like a super-high-stakes card game. But you have to imagine a game in which one player needs to go into a back room before he makes his bet and get the approval of a herd of rabid ferrets. There were long stretches this fall when tax-hike-for-over-$250,000 seemed to be Obama's only specific plan for the next four years. But, this week, he let Boehner move the line. Pushed it up to $400,000. Plus, Obama gave way on entitlements by agreeing to change the cost-of-living adjustments on Social Security. Then, all eyes turned to the House speaker. And the rabid ferrets.

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