Off limits: bitching about how it shouldn't be called a fiscal cliff. I've been guilty of that one; but with only 19 days to go until December 31 it's too late now. Fiscal Cliff it is. Anyway the latest news seems to be the GOP are coalescing around asking for a raise in the Medicare retirement age. Ezra Klein wrote a really good post explaining why this is kind of a silly thing for them to ask. To wit: there's just no theory underlying it. It increases overall healthcare costs. Something I've mentioned before is that it really seems like the GOP are out of ideas. Voucherizing Medicare may have been a bad idea but it was at last an idea, and it's one that the voting public has rejected. At this point, they don't know what they want, they just know they want something. To a certain degree I think this underlies their inability to be specific about these sorts of things, whether it be on the campaign trail, or in these negotiations. This may get at deeper issues with the GOP (they've purged themselves of many policy experts, and in general seem to disdain the idea of expertise). Related: the crowing about Benghazi, which seems to be less about trying to understand whether or not there was a security lapse that can be addressed, and more about collecting a scalp. Any scalp.