Breaking: House GOP agrees to Senate’s two-month payroll-tax bill; Update: House freshmen want a floor vote; Update: “It may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world”

posted at 4:11 pm on December 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

Just across from National Journal. Our dumb national nightmare is over.

House Republicans on Thursday crumpled under the weight of White House and public pressure and have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the 2 percent payroll-tax cut, Republican and Democratic sources told National Journal…

The House will pass the two-month extension with a technical correction to the language designed to minimize difficulties businesses might experience implementing the short-term, two-month tax cut extension.

In exchange, Reid agreed to appoint several Senate Democrats to start negotiating with the House on a full-year payroll-tax holiday extension, which is right in line with McConnell’s blueprint from this morning. Updates are coming but let’s get this up since news is breaking. Two questions to mull while we wait. One: Does the “technical correction” mentioned by National Journal mean the Senate will have to return and pass the House’s version of the bill? I thought the House was under pressure to pass the Senate bill precisely because the upper chamber wasn’t going to reconvene before New Year’s. Two: If you’re going to cave, why not take Rove’s advice and wait another week, when people will be even more distracted by the holidays? Particularly strange is that this is breaking within just a few hours of The One holding a presser to demand action with middle-class taxpayers lovingly arrayed behind him. Now it looks like even more of a capitulation than it is. Merry Christmas from the GOP, champ. Exit quotation from Philip Klein: “So instead of story being ‘Obama caves on Keystone’ it’ll be ‘GOP caves on middle class tax cut’ Great work!”

Update: The House Republican conference call on the bill is set for 5 p.m. Serious question: If he can’t muster enough GOP votes to pass this thing despite overwhelming support from Democrats, is he done as Speaker?

Update: If Boehner thinks he’s going to pass this thing quietly, via unanimous consent, he’s apparently mistaken.

Freshman Rep. Sean Duffy, R- Wisc., who represents a marginal district that was held for many years by Democrat David Obey, said, “I’m calling on GOP leadership to immediately bring up the Senate’s two-month extension for an up or down vote.”

Another GOP freshman Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas made a similar statement.

Update: It’s a little after 5:30 ET and Boehner’s holding a presser as I write this. The takeaway thus far: “It may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world” to wage this ultimately futile war. Smart thinking, JB.

A reporter asked him if he knows whether there’ll be no objection by the GOP rank and file if he moves for unanimous consent. Answer: “I don’t know that.” Hmmmm.

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NO, McConnell is an aristocratic azz who needs to be thrown out.

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I would normally agree..But in this case he was the adult and Boehner not so much..IMHO..:)

Dire Straits on December 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

you guys need to stop bagging on the house GOP, they passed a one year extension and then the senate GOP woldnt stand up for it. they rolled over and passed reid’s bill. and then helped reid and the dems make the house look like the bad guys. but the real truth is the whole caucus needs to stand up and fight this “tax cut” and explain why its bad. tax cuts are not all equal.

chasdal on December 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

portlandon on December 22, 2011 at 4:38 PM

LoL..Good one..:)

Dire Straits on December 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Boehner HAS to go. We need people in leadership that are going to lead,not roll over to an idiot of a president and lame democrats. That is why Congress has such a low rating,they are a bunch of wimps.

555chevy on December 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Utterly contemptible. The Stupid Party has allowed the Marxicrats and their media whores to completely distort the issue. Allowing the Obamunists to put forward the long standing payroll tax for social security as a ‘tax increase’. They’ve LET the Left pretend the tax THEY imposed ~75yrs ago is somehow a new thing, the fault of the GOP. They’ve LET the Left prattle on about ‘$1000 a year’ and fool the ignorant that it’s something new. That those funds haven’t already been deducted from their pay FOR THEIR ENTIRE WORKING LIVES. And the GOP has allowed the Left to obscure that this slice of tax is the ONLY funding mechanism for an utterly broke Social Security system. And on top of that, maneuvered THE STUPID PARTY into positing that a ONE YEAR cut of this tax is ANY sort of good thing.

The Stupid Party should have blitzed the media with ‘press availabilities’ and spoken plainly on the matter. Addressed the need for substantive INCOME tax cuts as both individual relief and as massive economic stimulus. Instead the have utterly failed to counter the Left’s lying framework.

rayra on December 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Man I tell you these last few Christmas’ have been rough to get to. 2009 was Obamacare on Christmas eve. 2010 was the tax vote on Christmas eve. Now this.

I guess next year will be some kind of Christmas eve massacre if we can bounce Obama. Hell even if we can’t that scenario should hold.

DanMan on December 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

You guys are giving Obama just what he wants, going after Boehner. Train your fire instead on Mitch McConnell and Scott Brown. A Republican filibuster of this two-month nonsense bill would have forced Reid’s hand.

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Boehner and McConnell need to go. ASAP.

angryed on December 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I hope he doesn’t have the votes.

sandee on December 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Why? So it’s an even bigger unforced error than it is now?

changer1701 on December 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Looking for the 2nd coming of Andrew Jackson.

Status Quo is the Status Quo. If the Republicants are unable to be primaried out, Vote Democrat. Show the people what it’s like to pay more, have less choice, not have private property, and use Zimbambwean currency.

Without a large amount of “conservatives” being able to explain positions and cowering in the face of redicule, the propaganda machine will win. Concentrate on States, then perhaps people will see the Federal as a bully. They couldn’t even impeach over Libya because most are hawkish, the Constitution be damned. Big Government Repubs are just slower than Dems, give me a fast death rather than slow and painful.

John Kettlewell on December 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

TERM. LIMITS. NOW!!!

Sasha List on December 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Come on, in two weeks no one with three brain cells is even going to remember who caved on what. This is a blip on the radar, not some huge “game changer.”

ceedude on December 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Are there any Republican members of Congress out there willing to play me a game of chess with a $40 bet on the line?

I could use some pizza money.

MichaelGabriel on December 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Does 2 terms and out for Senate and House members sound good right about now?

timberline on December 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Running scared! Wimps! How can they appear to be leaders when all they do is cave.

Kissmygrits on December 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Small business America should just close up shop until November!

smitty41 on December 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

rayra on December 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

spot on! I would love to hear how the phones sounded today at the GOP offices. I know I lit ‘em up. Couldn’t get through any Boehner number but at least he got an e-mail full for the record.

DanMan on December 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I need my $40 for crack, you racists…

Do you ever get the feeling that they want to be the minority party in congress?

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on December 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I do. I think the GOP is scared to be in control, since there would then be a real expectation they DO something (like the House since the last election, and look how well that is going for them). They are getting beat over the head politically and in the information (“optics”) campaign. If they are the minority, they can beat on the dems, and still have their job security. A professional class of elite politicians is the worst thing that has ever happened to this country.

Nevermind Reid not bringing up the house bill

Man, I really despise the senate

Cave

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Precisely. To many are focused on the House, because that is what the GOP (ahem) “controls.” The Senate is beating beating the House with the information club (with nails in it, no less), and coming out looking like the heroes. Of course, the educated and aware know this is mere populism – how much $$ do I need to put in your pocket for your vote? – Well, now we know. $40. 1/2 tank of gas, or 1/10 of my grocery bill.

McConnell and the Senate Reps are the problem. They get consideration of Keystone, which will be quickly considered and tabled by BHO as he had already said. Then, in the next round of “tax cut” discussions, the Dems will continue to beat the Reps over the head in the press with the populism club. This is just proof beyond doubt that little separates the parties beyond talk. They just want to keep their “jobs” and will do or say anything to that end.

Hueydriver on December 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Are there any Republican members of Congress out there willing to play me a game of chess with a $40 bet on the line?

I could use some pizza money.

MichaelGabriel on December 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

It’s $10,000 or nothing. Take it or leave it.

timberline on December 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM

And people wonder why a Third Party is sounding better and better.

portlandon on December 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

And what great victory for liberty did we win out of this?

AshleyTKing on December 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Better that it all shakes out this way. With Obama in the White House for another four years, enough of this countries citizens are going to finally have had it, and they will find a way to clean house all around.

Walter L. Newton on December 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

One of those people. This nation will not survive another 4yrs of the Obamunists and their czars pouring more grit into the engine of capitalism. If Obama is re-elected and the Senate remains in Donk hands, there will be civil war in this nation.
Look no farther than the deplorable racist garbage infesting the Department of Justice today. Then recall the treasons of the EPA and other marxist-dominated agencies. We’re heading right down the crapper at an accelerating rate under this Administration.

rayra on December 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

In exchange, Reid agreed to appoint several Senate Democrats to start negotiating with the House on a full-year payroll-tax holiday extension

Supercommittee 2?

Blaise on December 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Stuff like this is exactly why people are sick of politics and think that no one, either in the GOP or Obama, can lead the nation anymore.

It’s always about politics, especially with Obama, and never about actual good policy. We’re worried about “Gop caving” versus “Dem caving” when if you ask people they’ll explain how they don’t really understand why this is an issue in the first place.

America doesn’t have a leader and it appears that there’s no GOP who’s willing or able to actually call Obama on his BS.

It’ no longer about helping the country with the Dems, it’s about helping whatever political special interest that might help them fundraise or win elections.

cpaulus on December 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

You could see this coming like a freight train. I’m so disgusted. The Dems will ride this wave a far as it will take them.

rjoco1 on December 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

My Rep’s line is busy and the mailbox full!

marinetbryant on December 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

And people wonder why a Third Party is sounding better and better.

portlandon on December 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

If its stocked with conservative constitutionalists I’m in. Not Ron Paul.

DanMan on December 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Keystone?

adplusone on December 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

You guys are giving Obama just what he wants, going after Boehner. Train your fire instead on Mitch McConnell and Scott Brown. A Republican filibuster of this two-month nonsense bill would have forced Reid’s hand.

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Yup. It makes me sick that Reid gets to prance out of there like he’s accomplished something. Absolutely sick. And, frankly, I could not care less if Scott Brown loses. Being unseated by a far-left wacko is what should happen to a guy like him who stands for nothing at all except his own re-election. He’s Obama.

Rational Thought on December 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Scapegoat Boehner. It is dishonest, insofar as they are all worthless, but the spectacle will gratify the disaffected.

Fire him in the most public and humiliating way possible, then let display his sudden replacement delivering the “yes” with apparent ease.

kunegetikos on December 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Why? So it’s an even bigger unforced error than it is now?

changer1701 on December 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I agree..:)

Dire Straits on December 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

In exchange, Reid agreed to appoint several Senate Democrats to start negotiating with the House on a full-year payroll-tax holiday extension

So they’re bypassing the Constitution again? That’s NOT the way it works. The Senate needs to come back to committee now. Boehner better say this during that press conference.

SouthernGent on December 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

This “temporary” tax holiday gimmick should never have been passed in the first place. Anyone remember the big tax savings you received when it went into effect? What a joke. Extending it only means it will become permanent just like the never-ending unemployment compensation.

What a farce with Obama parading all the faux sob stories about how devasted these people will be without their piddly $20 or $30 a week.

Since when do Democrats fight for a tax cut or even want to extend one? Where is the Tea Party? Have they faded away like Harry Reid said they would? They better start mobilizing or this country will get sucked into the liberal whirlpool that’s draining into a gigantic cess pool.

iamsaved on December 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

In exchange, Reid agreed to appoint several Senate Democrats to start negotiating with the House on a full-year payroll-tax holiday extension

More negotiating with terrorists. Good job, McConnell.

Rational Thought on December 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Which is more predictable?

1. GOP cave.

2. Sunrise.

Bruno Strozek on December 22, 2011 at 4:54 PM

God Bless and Merry Christmas to all of you here at HotAir.
Whew! I got my first post completed :-)

Doc Analogy on December 22, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Where the bleeping bleep are the TEA PARTY FRESHMAN????

What the ——– did all that effort in 2010 mean?

The GOP isn’t worth a pile of possum ____!!!

PappyD61 on December 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

They’re all going to be voted out in 2012. Mark my words.

stingray9813 on December 22, 2011 at 4:57 PM

McConnell and the Senate Reps are the problem. They get consideration of Keystone, which will be quickly considered and tabled by BHO as he had already said. Then, in the next round of “tax cut” discussions, the Dems will continue to beat the Reps over the head in the press with the populism club. This is just proof beyond doubt that little separates the parties beyond talk. They just want to keep their “jobs” and will do or say anything to that end.

Hueydriver on December 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM

This + 100.

What I now fear is that this cave weakens the Republicans/strengthens Obama in the (unaware) public eye, so if Obama says no Keystone for now (at the 60 day timeline) because they have to “study” it further, that will be accepted by many. No yes, no no, until…………

LazyHips on December 22, 2011 at 4:57 PM

dear leader laughing all the way to hawaii and the lsm just giddy…

*vomit inducing*

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Since when do Democrats fight for a tax cut or even want to extend one?
iamsaved on December 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Well, they have completely redefined the argument. SS isn’t a tax, first of all. Dems said so when it was instituted, but now they have become the heroes of the masses bny giving a “tax break.”

This plays perfectly into their long-term plan – which is becoming more short-term right before our eyes. They have taken over “health care,” a lot of industry (crippling those that aren’t part of their plan), and in the coming years (5-10, not 50), they will have us all – everyone with a job, that is – paying no less than 70% tax rates. That is what they want, because they believe that will provide the utopia they dream of – where everything in life is provided by the government.

It ain’t about SS, or giving a tax break. It’s about optics (right now) and ultimately about control.

Hueydriver on December 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Once Mitch caved to Harry/Barry in the first place the House should have gone along and rubberstamped it…and then told the truth

The truth is that we have a petulant and vicious Chicago pol in charge of the county and a Las Vegas gaming guy in charge of the Senate. Ok? They make a great pair.

Give them their 2 months…and then blame them day and night…but it should have been done a week ago.

The narrative would be simple…we had to do this because Harry let the senate go..and therefore was not dealing in good faith.

Rs are very bad at msg because they keep working in good faith..start telling the truth…the left is not working within the same groundrules…which is why we need to get a new Senate

r keller on December 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM

LazyHips on December 22, 2011 at 4:57 PM

they need to EXPLAIN (if they only could) that it’s been studied for 3 years already per boehner on mtp last sunday…it’s just a political delay for the tree huggers and nothing else

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Boehner and McConnell need to go. ASAP.

angryed on December 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

The whole damned lot of them need to go.

PalinLover on December 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The true conservatives in congress should vote against this. Pundits have been irrate that tea party republicans have been standing on principle instead of observing the optics. Worrying about optics is why we are in the mess we are in now!! To heck with optics. Any real conservative will vote this bill down in the house and then we need to work on moving on from Boehner. I hate the word optics.

JAGonzo on December 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Which is more predictable?

1. GOP cave.

2. Sunrise.

Bruno Strozek on December 22, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Sunrise only happens once a day.

kunegetikos on December 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Lets see, Friday this deal would have been considered a victory for the Republicans because the deal included the pipeline and did not include a tax hike for “millionaires.” Now because they held out for the impossible they are perceived as the losers.

For those who think the House should have continued to hold out, for how long should they have continued to get their heads beaten over the topic?

tbrickert on December 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

start telling the truth…the left is not working within the same groundrules…which is why we need to get a new Senate

r keller on December 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM

this!

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

kunegetikos on December 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

+100

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM

they need to EXPLAIN (if they only could) that it’s been studied for 3 years already per boehner on mtp last sunday…it’s just a political delay for the tree huggers and nothing else

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM

I know, right? I sometimes sit and listen to these pols on the shows, and get so frustrated. I know the point they are trying to make, but they go all around robin’s barn and back again, until the salient points are all gone missing. Just three good clear sentences would do it more times than not.

LazyHips on December 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

LazyHips on December 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

thank you!
exactamundo

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

go duffy, go duffy

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

So republicans cave and democrats are forced to compromise…interesting

tomas on December 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

This is so stupid. This is still politics. You still have to win. The so-called true conservatives are just dumb.

Chudi on December 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I just might be the only person who doesn’t want the House to pass the Senate version. After looking at the Democrats plan, I don’t believe they’ve thought this through very well and their sycophant media hasn’t pointed out what a bad visual they’re putting out.

The Democrats are going to trot out a bunch of people who will be adversely affected by this bill not passing, yet they have to justify how much time they left to be able to do something about it and didn’t take. How do you do that? You certainly can’t say you did everything you could to make it happen, can you?

I think the Republicans have the high road on this and don’t know it. I knew there would be intense media pressure on them but, stupid me, I thought they understood that and were willing to let it play out. Like Rove said, they could have passed this thing next week of the polls didn’t look any better by then. I believe they would have and the Democrats would have been the ones clamoring to get back. It’s all about messaging and the stupid Republicans can’t figure it out.

bflat879 on December 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

The Republicans are always outmaneuvered by the Dems – who didn’t see this coming? It is depressing. I’ve about reached the point that no matter who is elected this country is doomed.

silvernana on December 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

I almost hate to bring this up, but the from the sound of things here, it is almost as if no one remembers that Bush send a $600 IRS “rebate” check to everyone is America in the last Presidential election year to “help pay for gas and pizza” and after he ran the deficit up to unprecedented levels.

I’m getting a feeling of deja vu.

kunegetikos on December 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

in a couple of weeks no one will remember this CF however Obama will be on the hook for a decision on Keystone. That was the prize the house GOP took its eyes off…

RedInMD on December 22, 2011 at 5:17 PM

This Tea Party thing is a cancer inside the GOP and is killing republicans in Congress with irrational behavior and making the smaller of a bill be a live and death issue.

Falz on December 22, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Everyday its something that happens,if your not a political junkie you would be totally confused. The Dems always win the messaging war and the Repubs are little girls that don’t know how to fight. Anymore its the boys that dont know how to fight come to think of it!

lisa fox on December 22, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Up or down vote seems reasonable to me.

SouthernGent on December 22, 2011 at 5:29 PM

This Tea Party thing is a cancer inside the GOP and is killing republicans in Congress with irrational behavior and making the smaller of a bill be a live and death issue.

Falz on December 22, 2011 at 5:26 PM

You couldn’t be more delusional wrong. The Tea Party is the only thing that save this country from the complete and utter moral and economic DEATH!!!!!!!!!
So you want business as usual? You want the leftists to win this epic battle? You’re the PROBLEM and every stinking spineless voter like you!

katy on December 22, 2011 at 5:32 PM

SO Much Negativity, Sheesh!

At least the GOP CUT $100,000,000,000.00 in spending this year like they promised…oh wait…nevermind.

Well at least the GOP prevented the NLRB from passing any Quickie Election Regulations yesterday …oh wait…nevermind.

Well at least the GOP has Nothing to do with that SOPA Bill that Criminalizes the internet…oh wait…nevermind.

Well at least we can still buy incandescent Lightbulbs!

…oh wait…nevermind.

Afterseven on December 22, 2011 at 5:33 PM

I found it!

I found it!

I found it!

A Spine

Belongs to Republican leadership…..can someone return it?

ProfShadow on December 22, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Lets see, Friday this deal would have been considered a victory for the Republicans because the deal included the pipeline and did not include a tax hike for “millionaires.” Now because they held out for the impossible they are perceived as the losers.

For those who think the House should have continued to hold out, for how long should they have continued to get their heads beaten over the topic?

tbrickert on December 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

IMHO, McConnell did a masterful job at negotiating, persuading Reid to pass the two-month extension in exchange for forcing Obama to take a public stand on the pipeline within 60 days AND avoiding a tax hike. This was no small feat, because Democrats have the majority in the Senate, but McConnell knew that many vulnerable Senate Democrats (Tester, Ben Nelson, McCaskill, Manchin, among others) wanted to publicly vote FOR the pipeline in order to show their desire to create jobs in their states and buy oil from our FRIENDLY neighbor Canada.

Under the Senate plan, the payroll tax cut will have to be revisited in February, and Obama will have to make a decision on the pipeline well BEFORE the election–if he says yes, McConnell will have won a victory from the minority, if he says no, Republican presidential candidates can hammer Obama with it from March through the election.

Boehner sabotaged that effort by trying to force the Senate to extend the payroll tax cut for a full year–beyond the election, so it would no longer be an issue, and would allow Obama to punt on the pipeline.

Earth to Boehner and McConnell: Talk to each other about strategery!

Steve Z on December 22, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Extending this ‘tax cut’ is not the adult in the room. The adult in the room would call it pandering and blatant vote buying and be able to message that in a way people can understand. Instead, all we have shown America is that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. They will both by votes with gifts for the treasury until there is no money left out of fear that each side will be demonized by the other if they do not.

MechanicalBill on December 22, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Lets see, Friday this deal would have been considered a victory for the Republicans because the deal included the pipeline and did not include a tax hike for “millionaires.” Now because they held out for the impossible they are perceived as the losers.

For those who think the House should have continued to hold out, for how long should they have continued to get their heads beaten over the topic?

tbrickert on December 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Amen!

So they’re bypassing the Constitution again? That’s NOT the way it works. The Senate needs to come back to committee now. Boehner better say this during that press conference.

SouthernGent on December 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Not bypassing the Constitution at all. Setting up a conference committee to resolve differences between Senate and House versions of a piece of legislation is the standard way of proceeding. Reid and the Senate Democratic majority have gotten away with murder in the last year by not acting on legislation approved by the House, but passing their own versions (not even amending House bills) and then negotiating in public, via the press, etc.

As many have commented above, the Senate GOP was manipulated by Reid, and McConnell and the GOP Senators deserve a lot of the blame for this. What Boehner should have done was permit an open vote on the Senate version, let the conservatives in the House vote against and either get approval with Dem votes or let it fail based on a united House GOP voting against.

Slightly OT: Just saw Schumer on CNN pontificating on this “big win”. When will the Republicans get the messaging right about the Democrats raiding Social Security?

Upstreamer on December 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Third party time…

PatriotRider on December 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

I am so done with the GOP. They may as well be democrats. Third party for me from now on.

Mean Granny on December 22, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I’m laughing at the pack of ignorant dolts in here that are trying to pass this off as the conservative’s / tea party’s fault. You subliterate blinkered morons. You Frauds.

The f’n GOP ESTABLISHMENT will call Newt a marxist but WON’T call Obama one. Why is that? I’d like to see one of you ignorant turds try and explain that away.

rayra on December 22, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Sean Duffy finally showing some spunk.

promachus on December 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Chris Matthews must be tingling in his pants./

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM

You guys are giving Obama just what he wants, going after Boehner. Train your fire instead on Mitch McConnell and Scott Brown. A Republican filibuster of this two-month nonsense bill would have forced Reid’s hand.

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Indeed. Boehner was left with little-to-no options with which to force Reid’s hand. The fact that the Senate Republicans left the House conference isolated meant that Boehner did not really have much of a choice here.

youngTXcon on December 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM

What an embarrassment these people are!

Zcat on December 22, 2011 at 5:44 PM

In exchange, Reid agreed to appoint several Senate Democrats to start negotiating with the House on a full-year payroll-tax holiday extension

So they’re bypassing the Constitution again? That’s NOT the way it works. The Senate needs to come back to committee now. Boehner better say this during that press conference.

SouthernGent on December 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

The House will take the Senate bill, make some technical tweaks, and try to pass it by unanimous consent.

youngTXcon on December 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

The GOP is worthless.

They plan this %&*! out just to give Democrats exactly what they want.

Why should anybody vote for a Republican? They just end up doing want Democrats want anyway.

tetriskid on December 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM

It’s becoming pretty clear that the GOP “rank and file” in the House are idiots. At the beginning of this year, after the 2010 elections, Obama was talking about his “shellacking”. 12 months later, despite Obama’s continued failures, these clowns have managed to let him take the high road as they run the GOP approval rating into the ground. An embarrassment, indeed …

ombdz on December 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I’m exhausted! :( *sigh*

sicoit on December 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Idiot.

Tim_CA on December 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Thanks, GOP, you took a meaningless bill and gave the Bamster a great PR victory.

I guarantee I will hear versions of Obama’s speech at every Christmas gathering I go to. “Enough is enough”! “Hit me with the rum egg nog again”!

PattyJ on December 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

They freaking baffle me.
You know, I’ve seriously beginning to think some in this leadership are on the take by Democrats.
How freaking dumb is this.

I came home from work tonight listening to some Hannity fill in, Obama is out there reading letters he has received from people telling him how horrible their life is going to be if the GOP doesn’t allow this 2 month extension!
For the love of God!

If these people were real then America is finished.
2 freaking months! Yeah, I am suppose to believe that America can’t handle this thing not being extended for 2 months, but somehow isn’t mad at the Democrats for refusing to extend it for a year?! Like that even makes sense to anyone?!

We either have some of the dumbest most cowardly GOP leaders or they or their consultants are working for the Democrats!

This is why we need a courageous conservative President or we will be right back here in 4 years!

This is unbelievable! Absolutely freaking unbelievable!

JellyToast on December 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Newt Gingrich used to be very vocal when he was Speaker. He would take the fight to the dems, and used the media to his advantage. He spoke directly to the people, and sold the message.

Boehner needs to go. He has taken the power of the 2010 election and gotten nothing from it. Obama looks stronger, and the GOP looks weaker.

New.Leardership. NOW.

portlandon on December 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Earth to Boehner and McConnell: Talk to each other about strategery!

Steve Z

NO FLIPPIN’ KIDDING!!!

This is getting beyond tedious.

tree hugging sister on December 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Tell me again why I should vote? I swear it’s sickening.
Last year I held my nose, guess this time I’ll have to try and hold my stomach.

sanjuro on December 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

katy and rayra muy simpatico!!

Hey everybody, the deal is done. Hopefully they are hightailing it out of town and we won’t have to hear from them for a few weeks. We’ll still be around to fight another day.

Merry Christmas, go home and forget about this. Kiss your mate, hug the kids and make sure your parents are taken care of. Let’s enjoy ourselves for the holidays and regroup on the other side of the birthday of Jesus.

We’ll be loaded for bear after the break senators and weak house members. Obama, stick it!

DanMan on December 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Wait a minute!…are we being punked??…are both parties really on the same side and this is just an act?!

Mimzey on December 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

“It may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world”

Yeah, Boehner, just to put that little cherry on top of this mess you and McConnell have made, don’t try to explain your reasoning or anything, don’t talk about how the democrats and the president are robbing from the already-bankrupt Social Security to pay for these election year “tax cuts,” don’t make any kind of passionate explanation for the kind of government the people deserve — no, just say, “It may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world.” Signal to the voters that this was all about politics, nothing about responsible governance. That’s real leadership there. Brilliant. You’re the man.

Rational Thought on December 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Earth to Boehner and McConnell: Talk to each other about strategery!

Steve Z

Their strategy seems to be working just fine.

They have totally wiped out any gains by conservatives in the 2010 elections.

Now they can just serve up softballs to Obama.

The GOP is just there to implement the Democrat’s agenda a little slower.

tetriskid on December 22, 2011 at 6:04 PM

At the beginning of this year, after the 2010 elections, Obama was talking about his “shellacking”. 12 months later, despite Obama’s continued failures, these clowns have managed to let him take the high road as they run the GOP approval rating into the ground. An embarrassment, indeed …

ombdz on December 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Keep in mind that it’s still the Republican establishment running the House, not the Tea Party freshmen.

PersonFromPorlock on December 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Boehner…. could somebody explain to me what good he has done? I know he sends angry letters to Obama every couple of months. I know he plays golf with Obama. He cries.
Him and Mitch McConnell… what a freaking pair. I swear, before election 2012, Mitch McConnel is going to propose, out of frustration, that they all make Obama dictator for life… just so nobody can ever again accuse the GOP of blocking any legislation, or of wanting to raise taxes or of anything ever again. “See.. we’re not disenfranchising the black vote.. because Obama’s dictator for life now and nobody has to vote anymore!”

JellyToast on December 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Wait a minute!…are we being punked??…are both parties really on the same side and this is just an act?!

Mimzey on December 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Um, yeah.

ElectricPhase on December 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM

This is why we need a courageous conservative President or we will be right back here in 4 years!

This is unbelievable! Absolutely freaking unbelievable!

JellyToast on December 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Ummm…hate to tell you, but we’re not going to make it another four years.

Mimzey on December 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM

SO let me guess…. they remove the pipeline decision for the increase to a year?

Oh BOY! I can wait until Mitt’s rammed down our throat next!

Dear Republicans:
This one simple things has done more damage to the GOP than anything I can remember since Newt and his book advance cave.

Think of it as the last….. STRAW!

golfmann on December 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM

So the Democrats want and are getting a 2 month deal. Do the Republicans have to agree to extend it to the full year? Maybe they could just let it expire on March 1, like the Democrats want.

Dasher on December 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Great move…they went from inept to inept and weak…perhaps Boehner can now volunteer to walk the presidents dog…

JIMV on December 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

does anyone actually think this will get unanimous consent to pass? This may not be over yet ;))

smitty41 on December 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

So the Democrats want and are getting a 2 month deal. Do the Republicans have to agree to extend it to the full year? Maybe they could just let it expire on March 1, like the Democrats want.

Dasher on December 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

There are enough RINOs in the senate to get Reid to cloture.

The Dems want to repeat this fight closer to the election, counting on the Stupid Party not to riase the real issue- these “taxes” fund Social Security.

Wethal on December 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Cantor has led us into another no-win situation. And over what? A two month extension of Republican tax cuts? Boehner needs to pound some sense into the freshman with his gavel; giving Obama presents before Christmas even gets here is insane. Man, Obama must be laughing at those Republicans. It’s just incredible that they let him get on t.v. and cry alligator tears to the public about forty bucks. I’m disgusted!

Oracleforhire on December 22, 2011 at 6:14 PM

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