Skip to comments.Congressional aides: Maybe Boehner will bypass the tea-party freshmen and make a deal with Dems
Posted on 01/14/2012 6:50:33 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Two words: “Speaker Cantor.”
Seriously, though, I’m skeptical that he’d do this.
House Speaker John Boehner, hoping to spare fellow Republicans a second embarrassing defeat over payroll tax cuts, is prepared to navigate around rebellious Tea Party-aligned lawmakers to get a deal, according to congressional aides…
Boehner’s office would not comment on possible divisions among Republicans in the upcoming debate over the payroll tax cut or tactics to get a bill passed. But one House Republican leadership aide told Reuters: “I think Boehner will seek a more accommodating approach to get a good percentage of Democrats to vote for it – even if it costs him a lot of House Republican freshmen.”…
Some Tea Party lawmakers, however, see round two of the payroll tax cut negotiations as another opportunity to press their demands for cuts to unemployment benefits and some federal healthcare programs and a freeze on federal workers’ pay. Those are unlikely to be accepted by Democrats who feel they have the political upper hand…
A senior Senate Republican aide said December’s drama might have even strengthened Boehner’s hand. Given that a conservative groundswell in late December to block the two-month payroll tax cut, against Boehner’s advice, “backfired in a big way,” some of those conservatives might now conclude that “Boehner knows what he’s doing” and fall into line with him.
Remember back on January 3 when a “senior White House official” floated this very idea — that Boehner should do an end-around tea partiers by making a deal with Democrats and passing the bill with help from Republican moderates? Quote: “Abandoning such a stance, members on both sides have said, would almost certainly prompt a challenge to his leadership from conservatives who make up the bulk of the lower chamber GOP, a challenge the speaker is likely to lose.” Boehner’s own press secretary called the proposal “remarkably stupid” when asked about it. To have a Republican speaker cut his own caucus loose at the start of an election year to make a deal with The One would play straight into the Democrats’ hands in their messaging about a “do-nothing Congress” (“Republicans are so obstructionist that even John Boehner won’t deal with them anymore!”), so yeah, a leadership challenge really might follow. Which means the only way Boehner would consider doing this, I take it, is if he had some votes more or less already lined up within the freshmen class for a deal with the Democrats so that he could point to them as proof that “tea partiers are split” or whatever.
Either that or Republican leaders are so worried about a decline in the tea party’s brand that Boehner’s willing to risk putting a little distance between the party’s leadership and GOP freshmen. (Especially on a budget deal; remember, according to that recent Rasmussen poll, 45 percent of unaffiliateds said the tea party’s impact on the budget debate had made things worse versus 25 percent who said it made things better.) Maybe Boehner expects that, precisely because it is an election year, the caucus would think twice about ousting him and feeding the media a million headlines like “GOP in disarray!!” and “Tea-party coup!!!” He could even try to sell the right on the maneuver by framing it as an election pep talk. E.g., “I hate having to deal with a Democratic Senate but we need to move on from this penny ante issue to more important spending debates. The way to solve this problem next year is to take back the Senate so that no one has to make these awful compromises.” Exit question: Think it’ll work? (Me neither.)
boehner is a RINO scumbag. He will do whatever it takes to advance the statist agenda and get re-elected.
If he does this, the House needs a new Speaker. Oh what the heck, they need a new one anyway ..... and while they’re at it, McConnell should get a boot in the rear as well.
Boehner can thank McConnell and the Senate for that December disaster. The House passed a year extension to ‘compromise’ and still got a knife in the back. Boehner and McConnell are embarrassingly bad at their jobs.
The only diff between Boehner and the Cretin-in-Chief is that Boehner has a valid birth certificate.
Boehner, insert a plastic bag over your head and breath deeply.
Continue for at least 24 hours.
why would you contribute or knock on doors for any Republican House
member after this year?
They accomplished nothing. Obamacare cut funding? No. Scared.
they did nothing to cut Fedzilla as Nugent likes to say
Boehner relying on Democrats YET AGAIN will be the final nail
The Republicans will lose the House
MARK MY WORDS
Why lift a finger?
Scott Brown is finding this out the hard way.
He has no grassroots support even from MA.
With no energy, you get no turnout.
No turnout, you get Union thugs and dead people voting.
ERGO, you get Democrats elected.
You got that right. This year they will get no money and no support from me. When they send me letters asking for support I’ll say the well has run dry. SCREWUM!!!!!!!!!!!!
From what I’ve seen from every single vote over the past 12 months, Boehner has already done that.
Boehner needs to go, pure and simple.
Get rid of “tears” Boehner and Gobbler McConnell
There’s a REASON they’re called “freshmen”...
They’re TRYING to bring some fresh air into the cesspool.
Go play golf and have some smokes with your buddy, Boehner;
You’re a “Cocktail Party” politician.
Agree that Boehner has to go.
We have wasted an ENTIRE YEAR! 2011 was a complete waste.
We have an unpopular, lawlwess President, and an unlawful, unpopular Senate dictating horrifc policy to testically challenged Republicans.
Keep going Boehner and McConnell—you’ll go down in history as quislings, and a new third party will emerge a year from now.
20 years of betrayal. Shame on the lot of them.
Excerpt: The Republican Party hierarchy & playmakers are fearful a Gingrich presidency would solidify the Tea-Party & certain libertarian factions within the party permanently. They do not want this and want to control the status quo. Gingrich is genuinely interested in serving his nation, and the American people; he has the record to prove it at a national level. The question quite rightly should be, what will voters get from a President Romney?
We all know the GOP wants to get rid of Tea Party influence, thus, the destruction of Sarah Palin, in large part, by the GOP.
Sad and true
Bonehead rode into power due to the hope of reversing
Obamacare and he has funded it !
The guy is a lobbyist front man .
We knew this 2000 .
This fraud’s entire former staffers are head lobbyists
Thanks to him!
He must be challenged in the primary and removed .
I don’t think he has any choice. The Tea Party folded its tent. He’s got no backup.
“The Tea Party folded its tent. Hes got no backup.”
Really? Still having meetings around here.
Cantor...Oh no not that grinning moron he is as bad as boner.... Speaker Bachman...
The “Cocktail Party” repubes have beaten down the freshmen...they don’t want “their boat” rocked...
and the Tea Party is alive and well. Alive and well.
Meetings don’t cut it. Get out and protest. Make a scene. That’s what made the Tea Party a force in the first place.
cant protest, our tents are folded
I cannot stand Pelopsi, but dammit she had power and she used it.
This guy Biehner just cries a bit and fold up like a cheap suit.
Why can’t we find a republican with a pair of balls?
There must be ONE out there somewhere.
I don’t really think the Tea Party has folded, I think it is a Conservative grassroots movement and most realize that a 3rd party would lead to a disaster and they are working within the REpublican Party. I have heard some news commentators call Romney the Tea Party candidate and that’s a load of crap. I think this movement is good. I hope we can make a little correction here in my Congressional district where we elected an establishment Republican who is in his first term and some of us are now working to replace him with a true Conservative.
Henry Ross (R) Ms. 01 2012
Taxation without representation is tyranny.
I sgree. We need someone with a backbone. Bachman has that. The leaders we have now only worry about re-election. If things continue, there will be a third party. However, if we let Obama win the next election, non of the above will matter.
It really makes no difference if there's an (R) or a (D) in front of their name; they ALL do the same thing. We The People are totally ignored, until it's time for re-election, then they lie and pander their way back to D.C. There is no voice of the People to be found, and when a Conservative is FINALLY pushed into the mix, it doesn't take long for them to be taught how the system REALLY works, and they are bought and lost as to principle, OR, they are destroyed through an intense smear campaign, enabled by the State-Run-Media.
It is apparent, now, that there's no stopping the Chosen One (Romney-the-RINO), and the rest of the field is purely for show.
We are so screwed, America....
I returned it in their postage paid envelope.
That depends what they view as their jobs--protecting and restoring the Constitution, preserving our rights and freedoms vs. protecting and promoting the Political Class.
You folks are the FAILURE of the supposed Tea Party revolt. Get your butts in gear for 2012 victories or just SHUT UP and get out of the away.
With Obama's reelection in the cards, your abandonment of the House races, let alone the Senate races spells four years with a unified Democrat regime across the branches. You're the worst kind of so-called ally... cut and run cowards. It's no wonder Boehner, McConnell paid less heed than your tantrums demanded. You're a joke, another paper tiger flash in the pan populist "revolt" that meant nothing!
Some griping is to be expected but these Freepers are encouraging us to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2012...
What are YOU doing?
Going along to get along. Thats what Tammy Faye does best.
This guy is a jerk.
However it will finish off this country as we know it!
Unfortunately, Bachmann let herself get manipulated into a hopeless run for President, which accomplished two things for the GOP-E:
1) It helped diminish Sarah Palin as a threat to the GOP-E by slicing off some of her support to Bachmann as a possible alternative TEA Party candidate, which was critical coming off of Tucson.
2) It effectively removed Bachmann from the House equation and left the House Freshmen without a Nationally known leader as soon as Boehner started telling them to get their asses in line. Where was Bachmann when Boehner jammed the freshmen two weeks ago on the payroll tax cut, and muted their phone lines to silence them, when he informed them of his betrayal?
Party-first people like you are part of the problem. Go yank the plank out of your own eye before telling folks to pull splinters out of theirs.
Thanks for the link.
“Where was Bachmann “
The Exempt ones
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