Has the Republican House Sealed its Fate?
“Based on the historical record we can confidently predict that if a large number of incumbents lose their seats next November, it will be because 2012 is a wave election and that almost all of the defeated incumbents will come from the party on the losing side of the wave.”
So Boehner turned out the lights and sent the House home, even though Democrats were calling for a continuing discussion to get the interim Payroll bill of the Senate passed, giving 60 days to come up with the final compromise without attacking the economic lives of middle Americans.
Even the Wall Street Journal, not a left leaning publication, tried to get the Republican leader and his Tea Party Poopers to see the three reasons that made the House Majority the bad guys:
“Reason #1: House Republicans allowed the Senate to break for the Christmas holiday without explicit orders it would need to come back. In fact, Politico notes that the silence from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is deafening. Reason #2: The Senate passed its legislation by a bipartisan 89-10 vote, raising the question whether a conference committee could produce a deal that could get 60-plus Senate votes. Reason #3: The House GOP didn’t allow an up-or-down vote on the Senate bill, suggesting that it could have passed if they did. Those three reasons will be hard for the House GOP to explain away if the tax cut expires after Dec. 31.”
We are left with no payroll tax cuts for 160 million workers and aid for several million long-term unemployed Americans expiring on Dec. 31. If the Republicans wanted to make Obama look good in this situation, they couldn’t have done it better.
The question now is what will the majority of Americans think when an extra cut comes out of their paychecks and they bring their anger into the public venue (think of the Occupy movement)? Too bad we can’t vote for House members tomorrow!
- Why House Republicans Won’t Win (politicalwire.com)
- Senate Republican frustration mounting with House GOP (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Joe Peyronnin: Ebenezer Boehner (huffingtonpost.com)
- Trashing the Party (horsesass.org)
- Republicans Turning On Their Own Amidst Payroll Tax Fiasco (outsidethebeltway.com)
Posted on December 22, 2011, in budget, campaign, Congress, Economics, editorial, election, ethics, Finance, government, Legal, News, Opinion, Politics, President Obama, Press, primaries, quote, Taxes, vote, Word from Bill and tagged Alben W. Barkley, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Party leaders of the United States Senate, Republican, Senate, United States, Wall Street Journal. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Has the Republican House Sealed its Fate?.