But hardly lost in the midst of all this disarray is the significance of the fact that Republicans are now poised -- for the first time in a generation -- to tell Norquist that the time has come to keister that "anti-tax pledge" of his; to say, in essence: "It was a nice run, Grover; but revenues are on the table."
"We've all been inveigled in a distinctly Republican psychodrama that is not even particularly fascinating," writes the New Yorker's Amy Davidson, "unless one genuinely feels " that some age of chivalry will be over if Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge has to be abandoned."
Although my departed friend Cliff was never overtly political, I'm sure all this "fiscal cliff" business is something that may have captured his attention, if only for the "Cliff" part. And while he passed on before he got the opportunity to vote for or against Obama in 2008, it seems logical to assume that the president --then just a few years beyond his days as a community organizer -- would have earned Cliff's vote. After all, being a man who often boasted of being able to "recognize game," Cliff is certain to have recognized it in President Obama.
But the question is, when will the GOP?