Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer isn't surprised at the fiscal cliff impasse. In fact, it's all by design - President Barack Obama's to be precise. "How did he do it? By always insisting from Day One after the election that Republicans had to raise [tax] rates," Krauthammer told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
"He's been using [the fiscal cliff talks] - and I must say with great skill, and ruthless skill and success - to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition," Krauthammer said. "The only redoubt of the opposition is the House. And his objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House, and to create an internal civil war. And he's done that."
But the conspiratorial tone of Krauthammer's theory doesn't quite add up. On the campaign trail in 2012 President Obama explicitly called - repeatedly - for tax rates on high-income earners to go up.