On Wall Street, hope springs eternal for a deal on the fiscal cliff. At least, that's the reason many cited for Wednesday's rally, which saw the Dow up 122 points to 13,074 in recent trading.
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, says expectations for a deal anytime soon are likely to prove overly optimistic.
"I didn't think this was case three weeks ago but do now think [President] Obama has decided to drive country over the fiscal cliff and blame the Republicans," Norquist tells me.
Furthermore, Norquist says the consensus view that the public posturing is just "theater" while real progress is happening behind closed doors is simply false.
"I spoke with people today -- not are only there no [private] meetings going on, there are none planned," he says.
Norquist may be the ultimate partisan -- somewhat predictably, he says President Obama is fully to blame to theRead More »from Grover Norquist: No Talks Planned…We’re Going Over the Fiscal Cliff