The Wall Street Journal reports:
President Obama is by all accounts more confident than ever since his re-election, telling everyone he sees that he's certain he can pound Republicans enough to get his way on taxes and spending. And if he can't, well, then he can always go over the fiscal cliff and blame Republicans next year for whatever happens to the economy.
And maybe he's right. If nothing else, he's been expert at dodging responsibility. The line he's taking so far in budget negotiations could hardly be tougher. House Speaker John Boehner was decidedly downbeat Thursday after a phone call with the President Wednesday night and a Thursday meeting on Capitol Hill with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and White House aide Ron Nabors.