House Speaker John Boehner has just announced that he is willing to accept higher tax revenue if it comes via tax reform and is part of a package that includes entitlement reform. This is the type of plan we could have had before the election if House Republicans agreed to it.
Hopefully this is the first sign that maybe that "fever" President Barack Obama referred to during the campaign is finally, maybe, kinda sorta breaking.
Let's hope so.
It should be.
Yes, Obama has to be an even better president and do more of the backslapping that he did not do during the previous 4 years, among many other things. He has a lot of room to grow as well. But it was true, though, that he had all the incentive to compromise the past 4 years while the GOP had a big incentive to obstruct. That is no longer necessarily true.