The Conservative alternative would have been to pass a bill making the Bush tax cuts permenant, let Boehner sign it and pass it on to the Senate.
the conservative bill never happened.
it never even happened in ‘02-’06 when the GOP held the House, Senate and POTUS. I think they wanted to blame the DEMS for tax increases during election seasona.
They figured expiring tax cuts would keep the American public hungry for more tax cut extentions. Stupid is as stupid does.