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Friday, December 21, 2012

The GOP's Losing Streak

Posted by on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 8:12 AM

John Boehner tries to hit Obama but gets clocked by his own party. The GOP today...

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 was hurt so bad, he couldn't even cry. His "Plan B" was basically an attempt to continue Bush-era tax cuts for those who earned a million and down, instead of Obama's $250,000 and down. But members of Boehner's party were not having it and shut him down.
The Ohio Republican accepted that he couldn’t change the minds of his House Republican Conference. He tried to convince them that, facing tough negotiations with President Barack Obama over the fiscal cliff, he needed them on his side — and he fell short.
This is fucking huge.


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
So is Obama now not going to cut Social Security?
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM · Report this
They're losing steak? That's harsh. But they still have potatoes, don't they?
Posted by midwaypete on December 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this
Can I have some eggs with that losing steak?
Posted by Yum, steak on December 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 4
@ 1, he never was. That was a bunch of hard-left hooey.

Anyway, the GOP is bearing out the results of a new poll that shows that a majority of Americans believe they are too extreme.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 5
Erick Erickson, over on Red State:

As an aside, turns out the Mayan calendar wasn’t wrong. It was just their John Boehner horoscope.

Unfortunately, Erick is both telling the GOP it is their 'come to Jesus' moment to face reality, he is also doubling down on their relentless calls for cuts and austerity for all:

The fact is the GOP is going to get blamed so it might as well stick to its principles.

I dunno what to take away from his column, exactly.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on December 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
The Teabaggers strike again. Are there any moderate Republicans left?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7
Boehner is impotent
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 8
@2, i was reluctant to correct that error.
Posted by Charles Mudede on December 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 9
@6 yes, but none of them hold any office of any significance. The teabagger purge is ongoing, but will take a while yet.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on December 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM · Report this
@8, understood. It's an error with unintended meaning.

Where you here when "Where's the beef?" became a political slogan?
Posted by midwaypete on December 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM · Report this
I don't know if it's Boehner's collapse, the NRA's stunningly tone-deaf press conference, or maybe just the solstice, but it does seem like more light is in our future.
Posted by moretent on December 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Bad naming. Of course it's hard to get Republicans to vote for Plan B. They don't even understand how it works.
Posted by uncreative on December 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM · Report this
Free Lunch 13
It's almost as if the Republicans don't understand that without ceding some of Bush's tax cuts, they lose ALL of Bush's tax cuts.

This includes the estate tax, whose current $5.1 million exemption drops to $1 million, and the tax rate on assets above that threshold jumps from 35% to 55%.
Posted by Free Lunch on December 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
@4 - Yeah right, that must be why MoveOn, the well known hard left org, is tracking which senator made a statement regarding Obama's proposal to cut SS:…

Not only you don't have the courage to defend Obama's proposal but you even deny it existed. If you really want to change the Dem party, it's clearly not the way to go about it.
Posted by anon1256 on December 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM · Report this
tomas 15
I think Republicans are getting ready to tank Boehner as Speaker. Watch them out-crazy each other.
Posted by tomas on December 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 16
@15 - That would be awesome to watch happen.

@1 - Cato's talking points come from Occupy, which he also disdains.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on December 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM · Report this

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