Joe Conason at The National Memo gets it.
Consider their treatment of Medicare, the popular social insurance program for seniors that Republicans have always despised. They have just emerged from a long national campaign in which they repeatedly and falsely claimed to “protect” Medicare from the president — whom they accused of wanting to slash $716 billion from the program — but now they complain that he won’t cut it enough. The Obama cuts were mythical, but the Boehner budget proposal includes at least $600 billion in Medicare and Medicaid reductions.
Worse still, the Republicans propose to perform this crude surgery on Medicare without the slightest explanation of where they would cut.
But Obama is coming for your Medicare! Ooga booga!
What the Republicans are now proposing is actually worse than going over the fiscal cliff, which gives President Obama more reason than ever to ignore their demands. Because he knows just as well as you or I that they aren’t serious people and should not be treated as such.