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The Daily Banter Mail Bag Predicts Stuff for 2013

This week's questions. Answers here.

1) A lot of liberals are urging the president to just allow the fiscal cliff to happen, but wouldn’t that result in a recession? If so, isn’t that bad for the liberal movement, ie. the liberal gentry disregarding economic hardship for the sake of “winning” the fiscal cliff fight?
--Kayla

2) If you could ban one pundit (left or right) from appearing in any form of media for life who would it be?
--Martin

3) Name several of your predictions for 2013, political or otherwise.
--R.B.

  • D_C_Wilson

    I think Chez may be a bit optimistic in thinking that the fiscal cliff will teach the republicans a lesson. The polls may show that a majority of Americans will blame the republicans for it, but I doubt they care what the polls say. We’ve already seen evidence that they don’t believe in polls any more.

    Losing the presidential race didn’t teach them a lesson. They’re going to have to pay a much bigger price at the ballot box before they learn any lesson. That’s going to be hard. Most republicans in Congress are more worried about facing a primary challenger than they are losing the general election. Even if we go over the cliff, I think most republicans are betting on:

    1) The American people forgetting about who was to blame by the time the 2014 elections roll around.

    2) Gerrymandering.

    3) Low mid-term turnout.

    Until the mid-term elections, I expect the GOP to double-down on the crazy, no matter if (when) we go over the cliff and what kind of deal is ultimately brokered. And unless they pay a big price in 2014, they still won’t bend.