Politico’s “Morning Tax” has an interesting collection of links indicating that the consensus is that the President’s State of the Union address hurt the possibility of getting tax reform done:
SOTU DAY TWO FLY-AROUND: GLASS IS HALF EMPTY ON TAX REFORM. The day after Obama gave his State of the Union address, most tax wonks, reporters and newspaper editorials said the president’s speech — specifically his calls for tax hikes on the rich to make new cuts for the middle class — only crippled the prospects of tax reform. Read: 1.) MarketWatch: “The prospects for an overhaul of the tax code just got dimmer.” (http://on.mktw.net/1xzVhn2) 2.) “The tax reform gap between Obama and the GOP is widening,” Howard Gleckman for TaxVox (http://bit.ly/1yI9PW1). 3.) The Hill: “Obama’s decision to pitch tax changes for individuals in his [SOTU] address has only complicated the chances for tax reform.” (http://bit.ly/1yJStXg.) 4.) “Obama Tax Agenda Widens Partisan Gulf as He Seeks Redistribution,” Bloomberg (http://bloom.bg/1L1vzAT).