Breaking: House passes Senate payroll-tax holiday extension on unanimous consent

posted at 10:43 am on December 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

House Republicans managed to end their week-long facepalm moment not with a bang, or even a whimper.  Speaker John Boehner passed the Senate 60-day payroll-tax holiday extension by unanimous consent after a face-saving deal was reached yesterday:

The House on Friday morning approved a bill extending the payroll tax holiday and unemployment insurance for two months, and also prevents a planned cut to reimbursements for Medicare physicians.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) asked for unanimous consent, which was declared approved by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The bill is H.R. 3765.

After having to front a public-relations disaster courtesy of a rebellion in his ranks, Boehner re-asserted control rather forcefully in the end.  Any member of the GOP caucus could have forced a roll-call vote on the Senate bill, but in the end none did.  Perhaps the realization that they had handed Barack Obama a golden opportunity to paint Republicans as opposing middle-class tax cuts, no matter what the reality of the convoluted opposition to the bipartisan Senate compromise might be, kept them silent on the floor this morning.

Or perhaps they finally recognized that Senate Republicans had actually negotiated a pretty good deal in the end, and left room for even more gains in the next 60 days:

Optics aside, the bill in many ways represents a policy victory for Republicans, as it does not pay for the payroll tax extension through higher taxes, as Democrats had first proposed. It also includes language that requires the Obama administration to make a decision on the Keystone oil sands pipeline extension within 60 days, something President Obama initially said he would veto.

The bill also gives a nod to Republican concerns that a two-month payroll tax extension would create a new accounting burden for companies. Republicans said they were worried that a two-month extension would complicate the effort of employers to implement the tax holiday with their employees.

Both Boehner and Reid announced Democratic conferees that will negotiate a final one-year extension after the first of the year, although the Republicans have yet to announce theirs.  They come from the committees most involved in tax and spending policy in both chambers, with no real surprises.  Hopefully, the holidays and the Iowa caucuses will soon make this week a dim memory for most Americans, but you can bet the Democrats will do their best to remind voters of this all during 2012.

Update: A couple of commenters say that the conference committee could reverse the Keystone language, but that would have to get Republican support; the conferees know that the House won’t pass a bill without it.  Besides, Senate Democrats voted overwhelming for the bill that included that language, even after Obama threatened to veto the bill if it survived in final form; they couldn’t muster enough votes to filibuster the amendment that added it.  There’s very little risk that the conference committee will reverse that language, and the 60-day limit means that Obama has to make the Keystone decision by the time the extension expires.


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NoNails on December 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM

You might want to study the SCoTUS decisions on this. They ruled it was a tax and could be mixed with the general fund and spent any way congress pleased a long time ago. What is going on here is the Dims are actually admitting that SS is welfare scheme finally since the only way to make up for lost revenues is out of the general fund.

chemman on December 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Two-month, $40 tax cut ‘won’t create a single job’…
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: USA DEBT NOW $15,123,841,000,000…
Obama to jet off for $4M Hawaiian vacation…
conservatives need to change the message owned by the Lame Stream Media and yell these Drudge headlines. Put Col. West in charge of the House without any restrictive “Rules of Engagement” and poop will get done in restoring Constitution governance in no short order. Love that guy, loves Gov. Palin even more.

Patriot Soccer Dad on December 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

GOP needs to do a far better job of getting their message out. Republican House passed a full year tax cut, Democratic Senate went for two months of uncertainty and then cut and ran. GOP should have demanded Dear Liar call Congress back into session for the full year vote. Truly the gang that can’t shoot straight. Call the Democrats’ bluff.

rbj on December 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

And if Dear Liar refused to call Congress back in session, and Harry Reid refused to re-convene the Senate, Boehner and the House Republicans can do…what?

People aren’t paying attention to politics right before Christmas, except if the media makes a stink about the Republicans wanting taxes to go up on New Year’s Day by not going along with the Senate bill.

By passing the Senate bill, all Republicans in Congress can guarantee that this issue will be on the table again in February, during the primary season, with the Keystone XL pipeline issue squarely in front of Obama, and any Republican presidential candidate with half a brain will be urging Obama to approve it, and hammering him if he doesn’t.

This will also give Boehner and McConnell a chance to gather their colleagues together and plan a coherent “strategery” for next year.

But for now, merry Christmas, Mr. Speaker.

Steve Z on December 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Its astounding that we have allowed ourselves to be conned into thinking that something like Keystone is even a bargaining chip in anything. The need is so braindeadly obvious….yet the dems may cave and let it happen….”maybe….if you give us whatever else we want”.

Useless idiots.
Hey!…republicans!….don’t know if you’ve noticed. The rules have changed. They’re playing chess and you’re puzzled as to why your checkers pieces don’t work anymore.

Mimzey on December 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

the stupid party strikes again. who wants pizza?

analog kid on December 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

OT but the same from my friend John Curmudgeon at BLACKFIVE.NET
How did China hack the Chamber of Commerce for a year?

How did China hack Google’s email structure and spy on people through that?

How does China invite a company into their country to manufacture for less money and come out with the same thing cheaper the next year?

How is it that Taiwan sold the iPad before Apple released it and still won the court case in China?

How is it that this isn’t being addressed by our President, politicians and kept constantly in the spot light? Because our politicians are weak and refuse to do anything about it. China is our enemy and all we can do is sit here and take it on the chin.

Really folks, time to get serious or grab your ankle. Your choice.

Patriot Soccer Dad on December 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

If this deal was “face-saving”, I wouldn’t want to see the aftermath where they weren’t able to save face …

ombdz on December 23, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Breaking: John Boehner is an incompetent with a bucket of tears for a head. Get this man off the stage before he brings the whole party down.

Spirit Crusher on December 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

It just seems to me that every time we have a train wreck like this, a Reid victory over McConnell is at the heart of it.

cane_loader on December 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM

What is really sad is that somebody as obviously senile and near dementia as Reid is able to roll over McConnell so easily. Reid is as vicious and evil a politician I’ve ever seen who hasn’t come from Chicago.

AZfederalist on December 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM

I need someone to explain this. Why is the House being hung out to dry and BO crowing about a victory? The House and BO both wanted a one year extension, Harry Reid switched it to two months (not sure how he devised that timetable). McConnell inexplicably went along with that, completely undoing Boehner’s work. Why is everyone yelling at Boehner for this, and not McConnell? Why is BO crowing about two months are a victory when he wanted a substantially longer time? Why isn’t the MSM reporting that this is coming straight out of Social Security? What are the opinions of our Republican candidates? How do Bachmann and Paul reconcile such a careless vote?

herm2416 on December 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Gutless worms.

garnkikaloid on December 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM

If you ever wonder how Ohio became a major swing state….

……just remember thats where Boehner is from.

C’mon, Buckeyes….you can do better than him. Primary him.

BobMbx on December 23, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Breaking: John Boehner is an incompetent with a bucket of tears for a head. Get this man off the stage before he brings the whole party down.

Spirit Crusher on December 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

But the tan is good, and he’s been able to reduce his handicap to single digits during his time in D.C., so he isn’t a complete waste of time.

BobMbx on December 23, 2011 at 12:54 PM

McConnell and Boehner are absolutely sorry excuses for GOP leadership. Get them both out.

Conservchik on December 23, 2011 at 12:55 PM

THROW THEM ALL OUT………every single last one of them!

PappyD61 on December 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM

“Or perhaps they finally recognized that Senate Republicans had actually negotiated a pretty good deal in the end, and left room for even more gains in the next 60 days”

Even MORE “gains?”

Good Lord, another performance like this and we may as well skip the GOP primaries altogether and go straight to Obama’s second inaugural address. Hing: I strongly suspect it will feature “I” over every other word.

The GOP managed the incredible feat of making the Democrats look like the party of tax cuts, even as the Democrats insisted on giving the people only two months of relief, as opposed to the 12 the Republicans wanted.

Besides, this isn’t really a tax cut at all. It’s the Defunding of Social Security. If the GOP had proposed it, the Media and the Democrats (But I Repeat Myself) would be up in arms and screaming bloody murder. Seniors would spoil their Depends.

The Irony: It Hurts.

CoolCzech on December 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I KNEW we were in deep crap when Boehner CRIES right off the bat on election night. UGH.

And then all the posturing and the complete silence of the Tea Party Freshman.

…..and why do we vote exactly?

PappyD61 on December 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Drats, “Hing” s/b “Hint” in my last comment.

CoolCzech on December 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I’m so pissed at this Congress. Who in the HELL do these “Senator’s” and “Congressmen” think they are?! Two months? TWO Months? We’re now legislating SH!T for TWO MONTHS?

Troy Rasmussen on December 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

In case you want an idea of how the left sees it, from Kos…

More importantly, it shows that the Tea Partiers are a bunch of paper tigers, and that Democrats can and should stand up to them. Today’s success seems like a shocking abberation, but if our opponents are weaklings like West and Ross (and Boehner), then we should be sticking it to them again and again. We can only hope.

They are gutting social security and crowing about it. Sure hope somebody is formulating a plan to use this dynamic.

DanMan on December 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Just wait, we’ll get em next time—Just wait, we’ll get em next time—Just wait, we’ll get em next time—

bentleyla on December 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

For those of you in their 50′s, 60′s, 70′s and beyond please
listen to a brain surgeon discussing Obamacare as it relates
to those over 70 in his specialized field -

Can’t post the link for some reason, however, I am sure some
of you can find it -

Basically, we are not “patients” any more; we are now called an
“item”. A panel of non doctors, non experts decides our fate.

Looks like Palin’s comments about death panels was spot on.

Amjean on December 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM

BTW – if you are over 70, you do not get specialized treatment.
You get, I think they call it “comfort care”.

Amjean on December 23, 2011 at 1:11 PM

This could have been a nightmare for Boehner but it was good to see him save a little face..:)

Dire Straits on December 23, 2011 at 1:11 PM

God, er Obama, gets to ‘save’ the fools of the land, twice, in two months…perfect for re-election.

Pity intelligence, rational thought, sanity and the likes.

Relatively free fools always deserve their ‘leaders’.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM

This all takes time. You can’t just snap your fingers and make it happen. The only people who don’t get this are people who have never a) run a business or b) had a private sector job, in other words 95% of Democrats.

angryed on December 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Let’s also not forget, whenever the morons in Congress tweak the tax code, it costs time and money to implement. I’d love to see a rundown on how much this little pandering session is going to cost.

Wendya on December 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Okay, right. So it appears that the stupid party has poured a can of dumba$$ery all over itself again. most of you seem to be in agreement with that.
Question is now: what steps do we take to ORGANIZE to do something about this? Most of my frustration comes from not being able to DO ANYTHING about Boner being an apparent dumba$$ and the GOP apparently able to do nothing more than play in its own feces.
Let’s face it: the dems are better at organizing than we are and THAT’s why they win (even when they lose). We don’t control the state-run media which covers so effectively for the looney Left.
Can we start a discussion on how to get around the moronic 4th estate so to get our message (read: reality) out?
Can anyone tell me what I can realisticly and effectively do, here in west-central wisconsin, with a dem representative, at my level to put a cap on teh can of stupid that Boner seems to eat out of every other week?

dboley on December 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Okay, right. So it appears that the stupid party has poured a can of dumba$$ery all over itself again. most of you seem to be in agreement with that.
Question is now: what steps do we take to ORGANIZE to do something about this? Most of my frustration comes from not being able to DO ANYTHING about Boner being an apparent dumba$$ and the GOP apparently able to do nothing more than play in its own feces.
Let’s face it: the dems are better at organizing than we are and THAT’s why they win (even when they lose). We don’t control the state-run media which covers so effectively for the looney Left.
Can we start a discussion on how to get around the moronic 4th estate so to get our message (read: reality) out?
Can anyone tell me what I can realisticly and effectively do, here in west-central wisconsin, with a dem representative, at my level to put a cap on teh can of stupid that Boner seems to eat out of every other week?

dboley on December 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I think the time for armchair quarterbacking is over for many of us – get out there, get on a ballot, and run.

Sheerq on December 23, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I haven’t been paying much attention to this fight because I agree with Bachmann that the tax is a gimmick and didn’t work and if we want to provide tax relieve there are more reasonable ways. The ‘tax’ is actually how people pay into Social Security and by reducing the amount people pay into security you are creating a new moral hazard that should be opposed on principle.

However I have sort of sided with the House Republicans, in a way, in the sense that at least I’m glad they’re fighting to create jobs, and they’re right that passing this bill for only 2 months just compounds the moral hazard.

I would suggest that in 2 months they should do it Bachmann’s way and refuse to renew the tax for another 2 mo. and instead come up with a more sensible way to cut people’s taxes that the Democrats will find hard to oppose. If Bachmann surges and the House and Senate Republicans will work with her she can help lead the fight, as she has already. She can even explain that the Republicans more sensible alternative to the Democrats immoral gimmick tax-cut is based on important principles that America has always held dear and that if the people vote for her she’s going to streamline the entire tax code and take other measures to free America to prosper again.

FloatingRock on December 23, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I’m so pissed at this Congress. Who in the HELL do these “Senator’s” and “Congressmen” think they are?! Two months? TWO Months? We’re now legislating SH!T for TWO MONTHS?

Troy Rasmussen on December 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I said something similiar in the headlines. All this dancing by the democrats and gnashing of teeth by the GOP and we have to do this all again in two months.

Every day I like Perry’s idea of a part-time Congress more and more. Can’t be any worse than what we have now.

gophergirl on December 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM

John Boehner is an incredible unprincipled spineless wuss!

MCGIRV on December 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Republicans were given a majority in the House, so that they could fight back against obama’s disastrous, destructive, anti-America agenda; why are Republicans negotiating with the enemy? Why are they capitulating? John Boehner has failed to live up to his end of the bargain – Republicans are not doing what they were elected to do.

Pork-Chop on December 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Incidentally, while this fiasco has dominated the headlines, the NLRB has announced that it’s implementing the instant unionization rules, and the EPA has announced it’s implementing the extreme pollution standards on coal-fired power plants.

FirelandsO3 on December 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

You can go take a big… ‘pizz’…on your pizza!
(Wash your hands, when your done!)

KOOLAID2 on December 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Good grief what a bunch of maroons. The party sheeple get the gubbermint they deserve.

I am very pleased to read the articles regarding party memberships continuing their inexorable decline. I urge these two corrupt, incompetent, pathetic, self serving political parties to keep up this garbage, and do more of it, more often. Total gridlock. Let the American voter see them all in their true light. Maybe then there will be an independent movement to finally rid our American house of the vermin once and for all.

God Bless America

AttaBoyLuther on December 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Smooth Operator

Our present administration is NOT making the same mistakes as the thirty ninth President of the United states. In many respects he is treating the damaging issues in just the opposite manner.

I could list them but just check jingoism, debt reduction, ignoring the Carter attempt to economize and humble the office and personal humility. And this list is not comprehensive as we had Camp David Accords, SALT, creation of the Depts. of Energy and Education and etc.

The Iraqi take down could resemble the Panama Canal giveaway but that remains to be seen.

Very expert political survivalist we have at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I would be honored to meet whoever is running this. The problem is that with petty issues like this one and the media helping out I shall have probably five more years to do it.

IlikedAUH2O on December 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM

GOP freshman: McConnell ‘ran over us’

“I think the license tag of the truck that just ran over us has Kentucky license tags. For the life of me, I cannot understand when the Senate is going to find something they care enough about to stand on policy and principle.”

youngTXcon on December 23, 2011 at 1:56 PM

At no small personal political risk, Boehner laid down the law to his unruly caucus, substituting his own judgment for their collective wisdom in cutting a very slightly altered deal with President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Speaker’s decision,” Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the fourth-ranking House Republican, said in introducing Boehner on the call.

A kinder, gentler, “compassionate conservatism” in charge of the House………..aka a Limp Handshake Republican.

We will never get this country on the right course unless we sweep the entire GOP Leadership out of their posts.

PappyD61 on December 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM

the one time boner should have cried ,he didn’t. he didn’t learn much from newt. i’m waiting for mitch to take off the mask and
reveal that he’s bob michel the dealmaker. this is exactly why we need newt and why the gop in wahington fear him. he might make
the actually work and stand for something. these guys are suppose
to have the backbone to cut spending? HAHAHA!!

rik on December 23, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Maybe Zero is going to approve and fast track the pipeline. The economy will take off and everyone will get a job. This will come just in time to get him reelected and then our screwing will begin in earnest. As long as pot gets legalized, most people won’t see it coming.

Kissmygrits on December 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Every day I like Perry’s idea of a part-time Congress more and more. Can’t be any worse than what we have now.

gophergirl on December 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM

The only problem I have with a part time congress is the it might give a corrupt President even more unchecked power.
I say even have a apart time President. We don’t need to pay some guy to take vacations, make speeches and run around the world bowing to other leaders. What good has Obama done? A good President who only works part time has got to be more effective than a bad President who works full time.

We don’t need this massive power base that has grown in DC. Give it all back to the States. Except for emergencies, budgets, treaties and the occasional…(I know this sounds like a joke) the occasional new law… lol… what purpose do they serve?

Seriously, get government out of the way and let the people govern themselves living in a coalition of free states bound together by the same principles defined within our Declaration and constitution.. there is no need for a full time Federal government. Eliminate 90% of the federal agencies, policies, regulations and watch a true revolution in liberty explode. You want to see industry return to America? Want to see a strong national defense? Revolutionary new breakthroughs in science, education, industry and medicine? Free the people!

All this OWS crap. You want real revolution? Return us to our founding! Strengthen the states and dissolve most of the Federal government!
Yeah, I can hear the cries and screams! Insanity! That will never work! Doing that one thing, dissolving most of the Federal government.. all of it’s regulations, agencies and policies and taxes and it would seriously rock the world as much as the birth of our nation did over 200 years ago!

JellyToast on December 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Remember this two month extension, continued theft of our SS trustfund (joke), is being “paid for” by a permanent tax on all new and refinanced home loans! No one “got” anything out of this other than the Democratic Party that got one more tax revenue source.

Rapunzel on December 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

23 years of a self-castrated GOP led by this man wiped away all the headway of eight years of Reagan.

What we saw today is what we’ve seen since the GOP Convention in 1988 and officially since 1-20-89. The silencing of an effective opposition party and the silencing of Conservatism in political and legislative circles has been going on since the first Bush started it. Now we’re left with cowering GOP “leaders” who might as well be Progressive Democrats.

We’ve become a nation of Obama worshipers. He can do no wrong. He is all that we should ever dream of a leader. And the collapse of the GOP all started here……..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S2ptmXsxzs

and the next one to continue the silencing of Conservative, limited government is Mitt Romney.

Scary……..that Conservatives are so ineffective.

***and a side note, thanks Governor Palin for throwing in the towel after all your big talk about “GAME ON” and leading Conservatives that you might actually have some cajones to do something about the Marxist in the White House. Looks like you found a safe “harbor” to anchor your boat (celebrity status) while the rest of us try to remove him in the next election and right our country. Thanks SP.

PappyD61 on December 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Republicans need to communicate the facts to these so called indepedants, maybe they will win the optics on issues.

thePunditz on December 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Dole did the same thing to Gingrich that McConnell just did to Boehner….. sad that Boehner let him get away with it… I will be shocked if Boehner maintains his speakers post after this fiasco.

Rapunzel on December 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM

The fact that optics are more important than reality for politicians these days is more proof that America stands in need of some major changes that we can really believe in.

Ordinary American on December 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Boehner is a real loser and lacks a spine to do the job he was elected to do, Cantor ain’t much better. Boehner needs to be replaced as Speaker and hopefully that someone will not be a cry baby and will have a backbone with some ideas how to outflank Obama and his Dim party.

Sandybourne on December 23, 2011 at 2:31 PM

The House Republicans need to continuously reinforce the message that it is the Democrats in the Senate that are prolonging the economic recession. Every single announcement by Boehner should be “Where’s the budget, Senator Reid?” over and over again.

John Talon on December 23, 2011 at 2:48 PM

You know, looking at some of the comments here, I’m reminded of how I used to be. Stuff like this would have infuriated me at one point. I still don’t like it, but after following politics for so long I decided that the only way I could do it is maintain some semblance of sanity is to emotionally distance myself from it.

I still care, it isn’t all that difficult to distance myself from the parties, and the horse race aspect of politics, but it is difficult to distance yourself from the outcome. Seeing the end result of poor policy, people out of work, families broken, that saddens me immensely.

It’s also why I recognize the need to occasionally compromise. As much as I find it personally distasteful, you HAVE to play politics in Washington. If you don’t, the opposition will bury you, and none of your policies will be implemented, regardless of how much better they are.

This entire process doesn’t bother me emotionally, but it does highlight the inexperience of many people in the house. Of all the causes to hitch their wagons too, they chose an exceedingly poor one, and then changed their end-goal at a time when it was untenable.

Long term, this has no real effect on the elections next fall, but it does tarnish the credibility of the newly elected house members. Yes I realize that sentiment isn’t going to be popular with many people here, but it is the factual truth. Anything that highlights tea-party inexperience takes away their credibility empowers the more moderate portion of the party that is more willing to compromise, even when it isn’t necessary.

Regardless, I don’t want to hype this incident anymore than it has been been. Ultimately, this incident is a big nothing, it’ll be forgotten in two weeks time. I just hope there aren’t any repeats between now and the election. The last thing in the world we want to do is to feed Obama’s electoral narrative.

WolvenOne on December 23, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Boehner is a real loser and lacks a spine to do the job he was elected to do, Cantor ain’t much better. Boehner needs to be replaced as Speaker and hopefully that someone will not be a cry baby and will have a backbone with some ideas how to outflank Obama and his Dim party.

Sandybourne on December 23, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Replacing Boehner won’t matter unless the new Speaker is willing to shine the light on Dingy Harry Reid’s obstructionist, anti-growth power plays.

The Senate GOP continues to play head games with their little siblings in the House, and they only side with the GOP when they have an axe to grind with Harry. Otherwise, most of the gentlemen and ladies of the Senate continue to behave like they are in a very elite country club together.

rwenger43 on December 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Obama gives the American people $40, then gives himself and his family a $4,000,000.00 vacation at taxpayer expense. How’s that for “optics”?

Ordinary American on December 23, 2011 at 3:02 PM

And for this pathetic bunch (Repubs) I left the Dem Party. No regrets for leaving AT ALL, but I had hopes I was trading up. HA! After June, I’m out. Have to stay in for the primary, but after that… Indie all the way.

greeneyedconservative on December 23, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The GOP’s performance nicely reprises that scene in Animal House where the marching band turns into a blind alley and row after row of plumed morons plows into a brick wall, crumbling to the ground in an unceremonious heap.

the Rs are less than shrewd…once Mitch caved the House should have caved immediately. CK’s NRO piece reinforces that idea.

House Rs don’t seem to know that they are up against a relentless Chicago machine. Obama and his legions of advisers play to win. They war-game out every scenario…to make the Rs look evil and the left look good.

Conservatives have to sober up. They can continue to pretend that policy purity is the way to win. It is not. Hard ball, 4 dimensional chess is the way to win. Especially when your adversaries are very very powerful and can pull strings that you can barely see.

Now why is this important? Well, its easy to say its too hard, to messy, and we don’t want to be like the left…we want our country back the way it used to be.

And that is the way to losing the country. The other way is to learn from the left…learn hardball politics…learn 4 dimensional chess. And support the Rs in doing so.

Do not put the Rs in a position of having a monster machine attacking them on one side….and ‘purists’ attacking them on the other. That will destroy them.

r keller on December 23, 2011 at 3:09 PM

The course of America will change when voters clean out the old deadwood from Congress and the Senate.

As long as voters keep electing the darling of the media and the Republican elite, then America is lost.

HA people think Romney is the next savior. Romney won’t even debate Gingrich…..and he’s a friendly! What’s Romney going to do when the muzzies come calling again!

Sparky5253 on December 23, 2011 at 3:13 PM

McConnell inexplicably went along with that, completely undoing Boehner’s work. Why is everyone yelling at Boehner for this, and not McConnell?

herm2416 on December 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Yes..what about that? McConnell had plans for Christmas he just couldn’t cancel?
Its like these people don’t really take any of this seriously.
How in the hell did these type of people ever rise to the level of shaping the policies that all the rest of us have to follow? How did this happen..theses people don’t seem to have a clue.
Its like, over time, these people have invented a secret game that only they know how to play, and everyone else has to pay for…no questions allowed.

Mimzey on December 23, 2011 at 3:18 PM

GOP needs to do a far better job of getting their message out.

rbj on December 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I’m not sure how they would do that. The problem is that we have one party that lives on lies, a corrupt media that regurgitates them and a dumbed down population that is too busy watching Jersey Shore and football to fact check anything. I get the frustration with the Republicans, but I just don’t see how they are supposed to get the message out. We here get it. The average drone just hears “evil Republicans” from the American Pravda media and swallow it hook, line and sinker. That’s what frustrates the hell out of me.

hoofhearted on December 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM

This is the problem in a nut shell. This is why I am not bullish on amerika.

jsunrise on December 23, 2011 at 3:22 PM

YOU TELL ‘EM, CLARK GRISWOLD!! (language: content warning)

ProudPalinFan on December 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

We need to elect a GOP Senate that will diuspose McConnell as GOP leader. We need to elect a GOP House that will remove the Three Stooges (Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy).

bw222 on December 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Useless idiots.
Hey!…republicans!….don’t know if you’ve noticed. The rules have changed. They’re playing chess and you’re puzzled as to why your checkers pieces don’t work anymore.

Mimzey on December 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

+1000

Let’s have this discussion in 2 months’ time. I am sure that Reid and Hussein already have something planned and there is absolutely no way that Republicans will come out looking good after all is said and done. For Hussein to demand the 2 months’ extension right after he demanded a full year’s worth means the ball is already in play and Republicans have no idea what is going to hit them. Hard.

Both McConnell and Bohner have to go, too bad Pence is leaving and old timers won’t let new blood lead them in the Senate. A month ago I thought Hussein is one and done, I was convinced, actually. But now I think that was just bad thinking on my part with old guard Republicans doing everything to force Hussein’s second term, be it Romney support, or agreeing bad deals with Reid, or not facing up to Hussein and Co. every chance they get. Both Bohner and McConnell should be on TV, every single day, with an update on what’s going on in Congress, Bohner should be asking, every single day, What has happened to the 16 House bills that will cut spending and which are sitting in Reid’s shredder as we speak. Make it a daily occurrence, LSM won’t have a choice but translate Speaker of House presser.

riddick on December 23, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Let’s face it: We don’t deserve to lose next year with this kind of a party.

LevinFan90 on December 23, 2011 at 4:00 PM

win***

LevinFan90 on December 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM

If Boner, McConnell etc. were serious about getting a message out they’d take a hint from Ronaldus Magnus and go local with the message.

Ronaldus Magnus had to deal with similar DNC media whores during his presidency so he took his message out of the Beltway often and not just for political campaigns. He still had to deal with presstitutes like Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, Ted Koppel, Brokaw, Sam Donaldson, Andrea Mitchell and Anne Compton during their mesolithic years, and various other 57th Street talking heads spouting the usual Liberal agit-prop. The problem with Boner and McConnell is that both have been in the Beltway for so long and have become such complete establishment politicians they simply cannot relate to the real world outside Washington, DC.

viking01 on December 23, 2011 at 4:47 PM

I need someone to explain this. Why is the House being hung out to dry and BO crowing about a victory? The House and BO both wanted a one year extension, Harry Reid switched it to two months (not sure how he devised that timetable). McConnell inexplicably went along with that, completely undoing Boehner’s work. Why is everyone yelling at Boehner for this, and not McConnell? Why is BO crowing about two months are a victory when he wanted a substantially longer time? Why isn’t the MSM reporting that this is coming straight out of Social Security? What are the opinions of our Republican candidates? How do Bachmann and Paul reconcile such a careless vote?

herm2416 on December 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Explaination: The whole world is a stage and most politicians are the actors who will read any script. Nothing else makes sense.

Don L on December 23, 2011 at 5:15 PM

This whole painful exercise may ultimately have a silver lining. As our arrogant, smug president jets off to Hawaii for Christmas, he’s feeling quite good about himself. All over the airwaves this is being heralded as a political victory for him, and his numbers are purportedly moving up. In light of these events he’s bound to do and say something stupid. Look for it in the New Year. Whenever he’s feeling empowered, he can’t help but reveal who he really is.

RedHotinNJ on December 23, 2011 at 6:00 PM

McConnell and Blunt must go.

besser tot als rot on December 23, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Why is everyone yelling at Boehner for this, and not McConnell?

herm2416 on December 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM

I do blame McConnell. He must go. And take his newly minted crony – Blunt – with him.

besser tot als rot on December 23, 2011 at 6:10 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on December 23, 2011 at 6:29 PM

That $40.00 is necessary to make sure the 12-year old has a cell phone.

RADIOONE on December 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM

clap … clap … clap … … …

minnesoter on December 24, 2011 at 12:07 AM

What are you smoking? And, so early in the morning… This is Republican leadership at its finest.

/ (Seriously, do I have to put the sarc tag on that one?)

Fallon on December 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

You don’t believe leadership wanted a two month extension? Really?

I know, for a fact, he was pressured to fight for the long term extension by the extreme right wing of the party. This was their fight, and when the going got tough, they bailed.

NoStoppingUs on December 24, 2011 at 2:44 PM

We will never get this country on the right course unless we sweep the entire GOP Leadership out of their posts.

PappyD61 on December 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM

+1,000

Sue Doenim on December 25, 2011 at 10:42 PM

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