Just a quick note: Every pundit who laments the fact that President Obama didn't "do more" to get some kind of budget agreement through the supercommittee should be required to:
- Explain exactly what Obama should have done.
- Explain whether they think Republicans would ever, under any circumstances, have accepted a deal with a net tax increase.
- If yes, provide details.
- If no, explain why their hypothetical deal is any better, or more politically feasible, than the default trigger deal.
That's not so much to ask, is it? I should warn everyone ahead of time, though, that I mainly want answers to these questions so that I can laugh at you.