There’s blatant political maneuvering, and then there’s blatant political maneuvering:

WASHINGTON, July 21 - The White House helped to block a Republican-brokered deal on Wednesday to extend several middle-class tax cuts, fearful of a bill that could draw Democratic votes and dilute a Republican campaign theme, Republican negotiators said.

That make sense for everybody? The White House is so afraid of what’s going to happen in November that they’re backing away from what was arguably their number one domestic priority: tax cuts. On one hand, I suppose this is encouraging news: the stink of fear is very much in the air. On the other hand, we’re also deep into “nothing more dangerous than a wounded cornered animal” territory with this administration…

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