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Boehner Rejects Obama's 'Fiscal Cliff' Offer: VIDEO


John Boehner has rejected Obama's latest offer on a fiscal deal.


Writes Jed Lewison at DailyKos:

So the president agrees to continue some of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and to cut Social Security ... and John Boehner's response is to push for even more concessions. Shocking, I know. But while Boehner's "Plan B" is pure baloney, it won't matter unless the president continues making the case that Republicans should not hold middle-class tax cuts hostage.

Thus, even as he attacks President Obama, Boehner is making it clear he wants to keep the president at the table, where he won't be able to use his bully pulpit to gain leverage over his negotiating rivals (my emphasis):

“He talked about a ‘balanced’ approach on the campaign trail,” Boehner intends to say. “What the White House offered yesterday — $1.3 trillion in revenue for only $850 billion in spending cuts — cannot be considered balanced. We’re going to keep the door open in hopes the president can find a way to support a balanced approach."

Actually, what Boehner really means is that he's going to keep the door open in the hopes that President Obama won't make the case to the public that Republicans should extend middle-class tax cuts with no strings attached. Because the longer Boehner can keep the president behind closed doors and away from the public, the better a deal he'll ultimately get.

Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan makes note of the GOP's insanity: "This party is a threat to democratic discourse and to fiscal sanity. Their ideological mania knows no prudential restraint at all."

And finally: "The White House and Democratic leaders immediately rejected Boehner's move, saying the focus of the incremental negotiations should be a comprehensive deficit-reduction agreement."

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  1. Of course he did. Is anyone surprised? It's what they do.

    On a side note, Rep. Cantor gives me the creeps.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Dec 18, 2012 1:22:35 PM

  2. the sneer on Cantor's face in the background tells who really is in control...

    Posted by: mike/ | Dec 18, 2012 1:23:33 PM

  3. I predict it all goes "over the cliff," isn't as bad as predicted, and the Republicans eat it in the next election.

    Posted by: Ben | Dec 18, 2012 1:29:28 PM

  4. So, let me get this straight. They are going to continue to reject any offer that doesn't protect their rich buddies from paying their fair share of taxes, and send our entire country careening over some sort of economic cliff that will supposedly send us right back into a recession?

    Posted by: AJ | Dec 18, 2012 1:47:50 PM

  5. "Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan makes not of the GOP's insanity"

    ...Andy, now you're just doing it on purpose, aren't you? He makes not? Makes NOT???

    Arrblurrgl! %P

    Posted by: El | Dec 18, 2012 2:11:41 PM

  6. The fiscal cliff would be bad for DC but probably not be noticed elsewhere. It favors the party out of power since it means the party in power can't deliver the goods. Thus, Republicans can hold out longer than the president in negotiations. However, the odds a deal won't be struck is low, since stakeholders would be up in arms over that. It would be like Mad Max meets the Hunger Games.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 18, 2012 2:13:40 PM

  7. Polls are showing that the GOP are in disfavor over this--they're being viewed as obstructionist. More and more people are wanting the 1% to actually pay their fair share and stop hiding their money in the Caymans (Romney). If the GOP -- in their little God-driven-and-entitled fantasies actually believe they're going to come out looking strong against an administration that really doesn't have anything to lose--they're going to find themselves out of office and power for another 10 years. They should start appearing to actually care for America and it's people (corporations AREN'T people) and be less interested in entities that have no patriotic interest in America.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Dec 18, 2012 2:30:23 PM

  8. The problem with his "Plan B", which is nothing more than put his proposal to the House for a vote, is that it won't pass his own teabag Republicans and none of the Democrats will vote for it. It's beginning to look like he is going to have to negotiate with House Democrats if he wants anything to pass because the tea baggers are voting no on any deal. But Boehner's problem is that he won't put forward any bill in the House unless it has enough Republican support that not one Democratic vote is needed. The votes are there to get something done, there's just not enough Republicans to give him cover.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 18, 2012 2:54:33 PM

  9. I tire of listening to pundits talk about the "fiscal Cliff" as though it is something that once you go over it, you can't return the other way. It's not a guaranteed ONE WAY trip. If you go over the fiscal cliff on Jan 1, congress can pass legislation on Jan 3rd that takes us back over the other way again.


    Any deal they strike before Jan 1 to avoid the cliff can also be struck in early January to undo the results of going over the fiscal cliff.

    Posted by: anonymous | Dec 18, 2012 3:40:25 PM

  10. Please watch out for Eric Cantor. He is quite slick and knows how to move and get what he wants.

    Posted by: T | Dec 18, 2012 8:55:05 PM

  11. Let him lead the country off the fiscal cliff. It's his "job" that's on the line. Senators can be recalled and they don't seem to be too happy about republicans right now! Then after he's gone, maybe a real politician that will actually fix the problem will be elected. They can start by making congress "work" for minimum wage with no benefits or pension, and make the benefits and pension retroactive to cut off the the biggest leeches to this country. That would save the country about $66 billion a year (or how congress likes to put it, $660 billion over ten year)!

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 18, 2012 10:59:50 PM

  12. Err...Boehner is a "representative" not senator.

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 18, 2012 11:01:52 PM

  13. F*ck "Boner" with his fiscal cliff.

    Posted by: Tothepoint | Dec 19, 2012 10:29:31 AM

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