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.
This is all a set up to keep ridiculous arguments going until the election... if we don't have martial law before it.
Boehner had a good argument in keeping the Social Security reduction bill going for a year. Even payroll companies can't make computer adjustments for 2 months with incurring huge costs.
Barry got away with claiming Republicans wanted to take money away from the middle class. The Republicans tried to keep it going to take a bulls*** deal off the table until after the election. Don't blame Boehner, blame our lying Chief Exec. The Dems want to keep all their balls in the air.
Boehner and the republicans should have been on television 24 hours a day pointing out how Odummy and the democrats were defunding the social security trust fund and putting the security of elderly Americans at risk. They are inept at playing the game, and have been for quite some time.
Boehner has been turned into McConnell's, Reid's, and O'bamas puppet - I hope the rank and file hang him out to dry
I CAN'T SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE GOVERNMENT.
The USA has a dysfunctional government. Vote them all out of office.
We need more tea-party conservatives in addition to the relatively few we put in there in last election -- vote the rinos and the dems out.
The greastest enemy the American people have is congress!!! We have got to take power away from congress and put it directly in the hands of the American people. We must do more then just vote. we must revolt.
Its not congress that is holding things up It is Reids control of the Senate. Reid wont let most of the bills even come up for a vote, he is a treasonous traitor.
ypu, getting real close to time for another 'boston-tea-party'
He's still a politician! The liberal media pressures Republicans for being the party of "no", and he caves in to save his political ass! Where does his true conservatism lie? No pun intended!
In the great brick wall that is the Rino leadership, Boehner is the dumbest brick.
Krauthammer had it right when he said the Republicans should have changed the end date from 2 months to 1 year, passed it and sent it back to the Senate. Of course the pinhead Senate would not accept that, but at least the ball would have been back in Whorehouse Harrys court.