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Guess who’s to blame for the embarrassing failure of Boehner’s “Plan B” to avoid the fiscal cliff?

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Doug Ross

THE CHUCKLEHEAD FACTOR: Whatever you do, don’t blame Boehner, Cantor, or LaTourette for the demise of “Plan B”

Guess who’s to blame for the embarrassing failure of John Boehner’s “Plan B” to avoid the fiscal cliff?

You are. The Constitutional Conservatives and the Tea Party movement that brought Boehner into power:

Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette said that Boehner is not to blame for the stalemate, the Tea Party is.

“I don’t know what the number is but say the number is 40 out of 240 – that’s not a repudiation of his leadership. That’s the same 40, 50 chuckleheads that all year … have screwed this place up. And he has done everything in his power to make nice to them, to bring them along, to make them feel included, but it hasn’t mattered,” he said.

It’s not because of Boehner’s secret negotiations with Obama, bypassing the traditional committee process in formulating a deal:

House Speaker John Boehner reportedly had another secret meeting with President Barack Obama on fiscal cliff negotiations on Monday. This is the latest in a series of behind-closed-doors talks between the two.

On Friday and over the weekend, Boehner caved on the debt ceiling and on taxes enraging conservatives while failing to delight the president enough to cut a deal…

[This] was “their third conversation in the last five days.”

 

It’s not because Boehner jammed a secret plan down the throats of the majority without even soliciting other opinions from Republicans:

…Leadership never worked with members in crafting Plan B. “We walked into conference” on Monday, one Republican member told me, “and we were told, ‘Here it is. Here’s what we’re going to do.’ ”

“I don’t think they ever really gave members an opportunity to weigh in,” one House chief of staff told me. One Boehner ally suggested that rather than reach out to the rank and file, Boehner used Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as “proxies,” to gauge conservative sentiment.

The conservative Republican Study Committee wanted a floor vote, during consideration of Plan B, on an amendment to permanently extend all Bush tax rates. Boehner quashed that idea…

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  1. Ten Megaton

    December 25th, 2012

    All these secret meetings. I suppose the fucker went to Hawaii with him too.

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  2. Ten Megaton

    December 25th, 2012

    Why don’t Obama and his Republican butt buddies just say they are going to take us all down so we can square off with them and get this shit over with. I am ready to fight.

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  3. kvn

    December 25th, 2012

    How can the Republican party commit Hari Kari in public? Thinking….. Got it! Alienate the base even more! Brilliant.

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  4. Xavier

    December 25th, 2012

    Shows you who they’re afraid of, doesn’t it?

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  5. Cynic

    December 25th, 2012

    That dude gives me Tourette’s syndrome.

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  6. simply enraged

    December 25th, 2012

    Until now I had no idea that Dennis Kucinich had a fat, bearded brother. I learn something new every day!

    Nor did I know that Skeletor Blumenthal (D, CT) had a dark haired brother who wears glasses (bottom picture)…

    No wonder we’re in deep shit. Too many of these bastards are the result of inbreeding!

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  7. ? everything

    December 25th, 2012

    the peoples’ business should always be conducted in OPEN SESSION, start calling your alledged representation & INSISTING ON OPEN SESSION ON EVERYTHING.

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  8. J Frank Parnell

    December 25th, 2012

    Demand entitlement cuts, deep ones while telling the communists to pound sand on tax increases. The media will hang anything but status quo path-to-collapse on the RNC anyway.

    But that would take integrity, it would take real conservatism.

    You know, like the Tea Party.

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  9. Kairn

    December 25th, 2012

    You know why LaTourette blamed this on the Tea Party don’t you? Look at the picture of him – there is a little devil sitting on his shoulder wearing a red cap. It told him what to say or else he would get a tiny golf club jammed in his ear.

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  10. Kairn

    December 25th, 2012

    Oops. It looks like the little devil is in a more threatening mood towards Cantor. Notice the precariously poised golf club.

    Will anyone in DC be nervy enough to wield a giant fly swatter to rid us of this damn devil bug once and for all?

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  11. grayscape

    December 25th, 2012

    Abusive drunks also blame the people they beat up for being beaten up.

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  12. mj hawkeye

    December 25th, 2012

    The dirtbag had to divert attention from his extra curricular activities–screwing babes other than his old lady.

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  13. Unneutral

    December 25th, 2012

    The ‘Republican Party’ needs to be replaced by the Conservative Party.

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  14. Millertime

    December 26th, 2012

    A new disorder – La Tourettes Syndrome

    Symptoms are often confused with being a douchebag liberal, utters non-sensical bullshit when they cant figure out simple math.

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  15. Edith McCrotch

    December 26th, 2012

    “That’s the same 40, 50 chuckleheads that all year … have screwed this place up…”

    YOUR welcome!!!!

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  16. Jerry Manderin

    December 26th, 2012

    La Tourette. Is that French for “Gay Bear Daddy?”

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  17. Mz BallBreaker

    December 26th, 2012

    One wonders after all the ashes have fallen will something workable arise as a new Phoenix from the collapse of the GOP and Tea Party?

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  18. IMPEACH Obama

    December 26th, 2012

    The unanswerable question remains:

    Just where do all these m-fers imagine they will survive after they obliterate our world as we know it ???

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