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Old 12-20-2012, 11:05 PM   Topic Starter
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The final days of Boehner, House Speaker?

I feel like we absolutely must be there.

The fiscal cliff debacle has been pretty rough on him. On one side, he's got to face election results and all the leverage the Democrats really need to strike a balanced, center-left deficit reduction deal for the next decade. On the other, he's got to own up to the House GOP who want nothing to do with any compromise with Obama.

He's done his darnedest over the past month, constantly negotiating with Obama behind the scenes while blasting him for everything under the sun in the open, in a futile attempt to circle the square.

But as his negotiations with Obama neared resolution, he took it to his caucus in the House and they absolutely, honestly refused to deal in the way Boehner presented it.

Which led us to Plan B, i.e. Boehner's hail mary. It's one somewhat of a compromise (millionaire tax), which still doesn't even come within the ballpark of his co-negotiator's revenue goals, and to get his Republican colleagues on board for something as detestable as taxing millionaires, he threw in every Republican Christmas ornament one could ask for, from shredding Obamacare to defunding Meals on Wheels.

Even with all these ornaments, the millionaire tax still couldn't pass the House GOP.

That's it. It's over. Boehner has no ability to bring his caucus around on anything. To pass any fiscal cliff deal, he will have to rely on substantial Democratic support.

Which has to mean he's toast.
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