With only nine days left in 2011, there was still enough time left for one more massive surrender and screw up by John Boehner.
The headlines tonight say it all.
From The Hill: House Republican leaders cave, agree to pass two-month tax bill.
From the Washington Examiner: House Republicans give in on payroll tax deal
From the Daily Caller: Boehner: House leaders accept Senate tax terms
This was a disaster and there are really no two ways about it.
In a year of total screw ups, Boehner has finished the year in style. In fairness to Boehner, he was hung out to dry by Mitch McConnell.
The good news out of this is that Boehner is going to have problems.
From Fox News:
The speaker still has to keep control of a restive caucus in order to deliver on Thursday's agreement. Boehner said the goal is for both chambers to approve the final package by Christmas. And he wants lawmakers to approve it by "unanimous consent" -- meaning leadership would have to pre-clear the deal with all members to ensure there are no objections, so most lawmakers wouldn't have to return to Washington for a regular roll-call vote.
However, early reaction from rank-and-file Republicans reflected dissension in the ranks once again. One Republican member told Fox News, "I'm thinking of objecting myself. We were hung out by leadership."
Another member who was on a brief Republican conference call Thursday predicted the deal Boehner struck could cause problems for the speaker. "He may have a hard time keeping his speakership after this," the lawmaker said.
Still another lawmaker said Republican members "never would have gone along" with the deal.
After a long year of watching John Boehner hauling up his freshly laundered white flag of surrender, perhaps the Republican caucus is now getting fed up with Boehner.
We can only hope.
Time for Boehner to go home.
On a rail, tarred and feathered.
Yes I agree Boehner is a turn coat.
Time for older McConnell to go home, too! It's time to get rid of the Senators, too so Dirty Harry could be hung out to dry. We must put our efforts into that first. If the Senate becomes republican with a great Senate majority leader, then perhaps both houses would tow the line.
The dysfunctional government has known for a year the taxes would run out. They left it until the last minutes, so Boehner could wave the D--white flag. Vote every incumbent out of office. Time for house cleaning.
TOTALLY AGREE----on all pf the above!
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I think that the house an senate have been told to do what the white house wants or be taken out like Robert Kennady was.
What a disappointment this guy is. Seems he's just itching to destroy what little dignity we have left as conservatives.
Boehner is no conservatives. I believe he more progressive moderate if you look how he's giving in to the Dems & Obama,
As an Ohioan, I can tell you, it's for the likes of Boehner that Ohio fell from the great Steel State to the no self esteem poverty state. He has got to go.