Ms Rubin notes that her colleague, Columnist Dana Milbank, wrote that Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) was “the committee member who had done more than any other to assure its failure.” Apparently Ms Rubin was not convinced:
I asked Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the former head of the Office of Management and Budget who is regarded as an effective deal-maker, about Kyl. He shot back: “Having been a key part in the negotiations with Vice President Biden this summer, Senator Kyl played a very constructive role, including building upon the Biden talks to identify billions of dollars of spending reforms on the mandatory and discretionary sides that had a degree of bipartisan support. These policies would have been at the core of any package had we come together.”And, from listening to the President talk about the 12 Apostles throwing up their hands, I thought the Republicans offered no tax increases. Now comes Ms Rubin saying that Senatory Pat Toomey (R-PA) had a quarter of a trillion dollars to offer.
It is out there somewhere and some guy with a lamp is looking for it. I hope he finds it.
Regards — Cliff