Take the 98% deal, GOP — for WHATEVER reason

Political Wire: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) urged colleagues in a private session “to vote to extend the Bush tax rates for all but the highest earners before the end of the year — and to battle over the rest later,” Politico reports. The conservative Republican said that he believes such a vote would not violate Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge and that he’s not alone within Republican circles. He also said it would “rob the president of the argument that Republicans are holding up tax cuts for all but the top earners.” Said Cole: “I think we ought to take the 98 percent deal right now. It doesn’t mean I agree with raising the top 2. I don’t.”

Spoken like a true Republican: his opinion has NOTHING to do with the election results, or that a majority of Americans who want Bush’s tax cuts ended for the top two percent — or that, historically, the country and American workers have done better economically when tax rates aren’t so low for the super rich.

Nope. All that matters is Norquist’s anti-tax pledge and the public relations angle.

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