The media narrative is shaping up to pin the full blame for sending the country over the fiscal cliff on the Republicans. News coverage of Mr Boehner is characterised by a mixture of disdain and pity. The tea-party congressmen who have sabotaged his position are portrayed as delusional zealots unable to connect their professed goals to their actions in a rational fashion.
In the other major storyline of the end of the year, the NRA, to which the GOP has been chained by the ankle for the past two decades, has just held a catastrophic press conference that not only outraged the entire left and centre of the country but apparently lost the support of the right-wing New York Post.
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