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Fools on the Hill

Things were so bad for Speaker John Boehner Thursday night, support for his Plan B tax bill so diminished, the limits of his power with his own party laid bare, that he stood in front of the House Republican Conference and recited the Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Boehner nearly cried. [Politico]

WHY IN the world would Speaker Boehner pronounce so loudly and publicly his Plan B if it was doomed to crash and burn on delivery?

Evidently, he doesn’t listen to wingnut radio.

As for the fate of Social Security, it may be the very same lawmakers that scuttled Boehner’s plan that will save the middle class and seniors from the Democratic Party, who may help progressives hand President Obama a setback on his desire to cut entitlements and further change what it means to be a Democrat.

I’m not sure it’s widely understood just how angry some of the major stakeholders on the left are about the latest turns in the fiscal cliff talks. [...] “We want the president to come forward with an offer that reflects the reason why he won,” Silvers said. “We want the president to fight for two things: One is an end to the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent, and the other is to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” Silvers confirmed that the AFL-CIO wants Obama to pull back on the $400,000 threshold and Chained CPI offers. – Greg Sargent

The path to political success can have strange bedfellows these days.

The House has adjourned for the Christmas holiday. What happens next is anyone’s dart board game.

There’s an asterisk there, though: It’s not entirely clear whether Boehner will be the speaker of the House a month from today. The vote to elect the next speaker is on Jan. 3. To win, you need an absolute majority of the House, not a plurality. Even a hopeless conservative challenge that attracts only a handful of Republican votes could deny Boehner the speakership until a consensus candidate emerged. Tonight’s vote makes that challenge more likely. – Ezra Klein

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8 Responses to Fools on the Hill

  1. angels81 December 21, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Well, the wheels really fell off the clown car this time.

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! What a bunch of losers.

  2. Jane Austen December 21, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    “We want the president to come forward with an offer that reflects the reason why he won,” Silvers said. “We want the president to fight for two things: One is an end to the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent, and the other is to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”

    What is it about Boehner and the GOP that they don’t understand what the majority of Americans want? The people have told the President and the Congress what they want. Are we living under minority rule where the minority force the majority to accept something that is intolerable? Is Congress so owned by the fat cats, the big business interests and the corporations that they feel they can nullify the people’s demands? Something doesn’t compute here because I thought our Constitution said “We, the people.”

  3. fangio December 21, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Whatever Boehner’s problems, it is Obama’s unrelenting cowardice which has led us to this point. If he had stood firm, as he said he would, the whole sad spectacle would be over. Now the Republicans see how craven he really is, if they didn’t know already. Once again, he is elected with a mandate and chooses to crap all over it. May his supporters have a merry little Christmas.

  4. secularhumanizinevoluter December 21, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    ” The people have told the President and the Congress what they want. Are we living under minority rule where the minority force the majority to accept something that is intolerable? Is Congress so owned by the fat cats, the big business interests and the corporations that they feel they can nullify the people’s demands?”

    I suppose the short answer would appear to be yes. Thankfully the repugnantKLAN/teabaggers are to stupid to understand when President Obama is handing them a win….they are so consumed with racist/partisan hatred they refuse to accept a gift wrapped victory and instead kick their feet and hold their breath till they are blue in the face….GAWD… what ain’t even there… bless their pointy lil heads!

    • jinbaltimore December 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Indeed.

      Let’s thank the republicans for (hopefully) derailing Obama’s republican plan. Since Pelosi seems uninterested in the job.

    • Uh-oh December 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      Or…maybe, just maybe, they don’t want this deal any more than we do. Word is that 60% of Americans don’t want the deal either side is trying for, so if some republicans help defeat this dumb deal, I’m okay with that.

  5. Jane Austen December 21, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I have called both my senators and Senator Reid”s office. I can’t get through by phone to the WH but sent a fax. Pelosi is next. I have no use for her anymore. She isn’t a real
    Democrat and I wish she’d stop pretending.

  6. LiberalJoe December 22, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    Fangio is spot on regarding Pres Obama’s weakness/cowardice in bring this whole crap sandwich to this point. His desire for a deal recognized by the Repubs as his core fundamental weakness in negotiating , had him conceding more and more. There were other fine comments made by others as well.

    I’m surprised that Boehner played this hand so soon. I would have expected Boehner to continue do nothing and let the Pres and the asshole Dem Leadership of Pelosi, Hoyer and Van Hollen keep negotiating with themselves. This Plan B event was poor politics by Boehner, had he done nothing I bet the Pres would have put raising the medicare eligibility age back on the table, put additional Soc Sec cuts in the offer, and raised Defense spending while raising the the earnings level to $1,000,000 for the increase in taxes..(tell me that this scenario isn’t far fetched given Pres Obama’s penchant for giving away the store and all things dear to True Democrats).

    We still haven’t seen the last concessions made by this President despite his press conference in which he is stating that a smaller plan is doable and he ready to sign it.

    And by the way, notice how Big Ed , Rachel and Lawrence have quietly been carrying the water for this deal . Granted Sandy Hollow is dominating the news, but they can’t cut out a portion of their shows on the terrible deal the Pres has on the table? Come on.Not one of them is trying to shame the President and Dems for this deal that is selling out the middle class and Soc Security the way Rush is going after the Repubs in Congress for any straying of Repub orthodoxy. Why haven’t they put Bernie Sanders, Merkley,or DeFazio on their programs denouncing chained CPI and other major concessions by the Pres and Dem Leadership. I guess the were rolled when they met with the Pres a week or so back.

    A Pox on all and both party’s houses and their complicit members. The most pitiful political leaders this country has had since just before the Civil War.

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