This is interesting. On the tax deal, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) told us that “support is eroding” among House Republicans.
Earlier today, Rep. Dan Boren (D., Okla), a Blue Dog, spoke to National Review Online about liberal Democrats’ opposition to the deal, and said the same thing. “Every day it’s eroding,” he said. “Every day this thing lingers on you’re seeing more and more liberals coming to the realization that this is the best deal possible. They don’t want to be blamed for raising taxes in a recession.”
Boren said that a number of his liberal colleagues had pulled him aside to signal their support for the bill, and while some may choose to mount a “symbolic stand” over the estate tax provision, he expected the bill to pass the House “overwhelmingly.”