Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:09 PM
bigtree (58,652 posts)
I knew Boehner didn't have republicans wrapped up when he scheduled the vote so late
He needed all day to whip his republicans into voting for his version of 'fiscal cliff' economics.
All day, the narrative was that the Democrats were now following the republicans lead; with the President giving ground on their disaster of an inflation index adjustment proposal. Didn't matter that no one thought the republicans would actually accept the offer; it was a betrayal of their Democratic base to include SS at all.
Now we have the republicans exposed as divided and their leadership amazingly weak and completely unable to herd their own party to vote for their own scheme to keep a sizable chunk of the wealthy folks' tax breaks in place. Boehner can't even deliver his own party's votes on his own plan?! OMFG!
The WH sensed this earlier in the day and dissed Boehner for failing to get enough republican votes for the first offer that he withdrew in a staged huff. His own republicans were balking at having to stick it to their wealthy benefactors in even the slightest way. All of their posturing and dishonesty led them absolutely nowhere; despite their control of the slam-dunk House.
Boehner can't even manage his own party in the majority! You could see that coming from a mile away. He needs Democratic votes to do anything, it appears. That puts ALL of the momentum behind the Democrats and the WH right now. Let's see if they can keep the pressure on and have learned not to give anything else away to a party which doesn't even know how to advance their own self-serving and opportunistic agenda.
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