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  •  Like him or not, Boehner is in a really difficult (4+ / 0-)
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    position.  He can say what he wants to either side, but he has to craft a bill that will get a majority of the House, some sort of support from Harry Reid, and a signature from Obama.  If he can pull this off, he will have proved his worth as a great politician.  

    He is going to have to through the Tea Party caucus some sort of bone, even if it is symbolic.  He can't just say that he will accept tax hikes, he has to get the votes.  

    Root for him here, cause the fiscal cliff will not be good.

    •  No, Self-Imposed Majority of the Majority (6+ / 0-)

      Boehner's problem is totally self-imposed.  He refuses to consider legislation which cannot secure a majority vote of the majority caucus.  That's what squelched the deal back in 2011.  He could have easily passed legislation dealing with all of these things with votes to spare.  However, he insists he needs to get the majority of the Republicans in the House to vote for the legislation before it will even be allowed to come to the floor of the House for a vote.  How can one be sympathetic to a fool who boxes himself in totally and then demands the other side rescue him.  

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:30:47 PM PST

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      •  Not exactly self imposed... (0+ / 0-)

        If he's running legislation that's regularly getting less than half of the Republicans in the House, he's in danger of being ousted.  

        •  Fuck him. (1+ / 0-)
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          you reap what you sow.

          He is getting what he deserves.

          "I'm not scared of anyone or anything, Angie. Isn't that the way life should be?" Jack Hawksmoor

          by skyounkin on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:37:05 PM PST

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        •  Supposed To Be Compromise Legislation (0+ / 0-)

          Yeah, but this is supposed to be "grand bargain" legislation which garners support from every corner of the Congress.  It's not regular legislation.  Besides, as Speaker of the House, Boehner is supposed to be looking out for the good of the nation, not just his party or his own career.  If he's too cowardly to make the hard decision, then he can't complain that he can't get a majority of the Congress.  He can't get a majority of his caucus, and that's a different thing entirely.  Make them 'fess up to their incompetence for the electorate to see.

          "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

          by PrahaPartizan on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:55:14 PM PST

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      •  That isn't how party politics work. (0+ / 0-)

        If Boehner takes a stand against the majority in the GOP, he will be ousted.  

        •  In A One Party State? (0+ / 0-)

          We know where this type of process is generally found.  Boehner could simply release his caucus to vote as their conscience dictated, not as their Whip demanded.  The Teabaggers would be furious, but they'll learn so enough that even their days are numbered because of their intransigence.  The electorate is starting to twig to their practices, especially as the media become less cowed by their noise machine.  Once their obstructionism is exposed, they'll be forced to drop the tactics with nothing but enmity and bitterness to show for it.

          "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

          by PrahaPartizan on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:59:22 PM PST

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