Nobody Knows What Will Happen In The Lame Duck If Obama Is Re-Elected

A blog about business and economics.
Oct. 19 2012 4:50 PM

Nobody Knows What Will Happen In The Lame Duck If Obama Is Re-Elected

Like everyone else in journalism, I'm curious as to what will happen in the lame duck session if Obama gets re-elected. Will Obama refuse to compromise and gain enormous leverage as the Bush tax cuts expire, or will he endeavor to strike a grand bargain?

Over the course of this week I've read a number of pieces by different writers which claim to speak quite confidently to the question of the administration's strategy. I, meanwhile, have acted a bit out of character and tried to do meaningful reporting on this over the past month. Maybe I'm just really bad at it (seriously), but my  conclusion is that nobody knows what the administration will try to do. Not "no journalists know" but literally nobody. There is no plan. That's because even though plenty of people on the Hill and in the executive branch have spent plenty of time trying to game this out, but the decision has to be made at the very highest levels. And the top elected officials—not least the President—have been busy with the campaign. And this isn't the kind of decision you make without chewing it over with your political operatives and they, too, are busy with the campaign.


When the election is over, presumably everyone will go get drunk and then spend a day or two asleep. After that, they're gonna have to have some meetings. But for now, there are lots of people with opinions about lame duck strategy but nobody has the real answers because the decisions just haven't been made.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.



Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

Even by Russian Standards, Moscow’s Anti-War March Was Surprisingly Grim

I Wrote a Novel Envisioning a Nigerian Space Program. Then I Learned Nigeria Actually Has One.

The Best Thing About the People’s Climate March in NYC

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

John Oliver Debunks the Miss America Pageant’s Claim That It Gives Out $45 Million in Scholarships

Trending News Channel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
The World
Sept. 22 2014 12:30 PM Turkey Just Got Forty-Six Hostages Back From ISIS. How Did That Happen?
Sept. 22 2014 12:44 PM The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy
The Shortcut
Sept. 22 2014 12:31 PM Down With Loose Laces A simple trick to tighten your running shoes for good.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 22 2014 12:29 PM Escaping the Extreme Christian Fundamentalism of "Quiverfull"
  Slate Plus
Sept. 22 2014 8:08 AM Slate Voice: “Why Is So Much Honey Clover Honey?” Mike Vuolo shares the story of your honey.
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2014 12:22 PM The Age of the Streaming TV Auteur
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 12:14 PM Family Court Rules That You Can Serve Someone With Legal Papers Over Facebook
  Health & Science
Sept. 22 2014 12:15 PM The Changing Face of Climate Change Will the leaders of the People’s Climate March now lead the movement?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.