Boehner: I refuse to negotiate one-on-one with Obama anymore

posted at 9:41 pm on January 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

But … how else will we get our fill of facile political drama in the weeks leading up to the big debt-ceiling standoff? The one and only redeeming virtue of the fiscal cliff negotiations was that it produced a cheeky anecdote of one major player dropping the F-bomb on another.

Someone will still drop the F-bomb in February, right?

During both 2011 and 2012, the Speaker spent weeks shuttling between the Capitol and the White House for meetings with the president in the hopes of striking a grand bargain on the deficit.

Those efforts ended in failure, leaving Boehner feeling burned by Obama and, at times, isolated within his conference.

In closed-door meetings since leaving the “fiscal cliff” talks two weeks ago, lawmakers and aides say the Speaker has indicated he is abandoning that approach for good and will return fully to the normal legislative process in 2013 — seeking to pass bills through the House that can then be adopted, amended or reconciled by the Senate.

“He is recommitting himself and the House to what we’ve done, which is working through regular order and letting the House work its will,” an aide to the Speaker told The Hill.

He knows the debt-ceiling negotiations will be the toughest yet, with the highest likelihood of real economic damage resulting when both sides dig in and refuse to budge. Go figure that he doesn’t want to be the face of it on the Republican side. Instead he’s going to follow a version of the strategy he followed last night by presenting the caucus with options. When he tried to spearhead his own plan, Plan B, he got humiliated. When he forced the caucus to choose between prolonging the standoff by sending an amended bill back to the Senate or else letting the Senate bill come to the floor for an up-or-down vote with Democratic support, he succeeded in getting the Senate bill through and will likely keep his Speakership despite violating the “majority of the majority” rule. In other words, I’m not so sure his new strategy is aimed at rejecting Obama as much as it is rejecting his current role as the guy who’s supposed to somehow bridge the gap between establishment Republicans and tea partiers. (In fact, a Boehner aide emphasized to the Hill that he’ll continue to talk to, and meet with, O as necessary.) From now on, they can vote their way to fiscal resolutions, either by holding out until Obama caves and gives them what they want or until enough establishment GOPers break off and join with the Dems on a compromise. Besides, given how this process played out, I’m not sure O’s going to be the lead negotiator anymore for his side either.

Speaking of House Republicans in new roles, does anyone really think Paul Ryan’s 2016 odds are seriously damaged because he voted yes on this shinola sandwich? I hasten to remind you that McCain was nominated after supporting amnesty and campaign finance reform and despite rumored flirtations in the past with the possibility of switching parties. Romney was nominated despite having been pro-choice and having signed RomneyCare into law. Republican voters in presidential primaries are either very forgiving or considerably more moderate than the sort of activists who read righty blogs, and Ryan has a leg up on the competition with them because of the name recognition he got from joining the ticket this year. He’ll have more opportunities to prove his fiscally conservative bona fides, starting with the next budget death match this spring, and if anything he may gain some bipartisan cred with squishy GOP voters for having voted with the Dems this time. I’m not saying he deserves to win, but I’ve written enough incredulous “c’mon, we’re not actually going to nominate McCain/Romney” posts in my almost seven years here to know that no one’s too heretical to get a serious look from Republican voters.


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Speaking of House Republicans in new roles, does anyone really think Paul Ryan’s 2016 odds are seriously damaged because he voted yes on this shinola sandwich?

Paul Ryan is finished with me at least… as he has proven he will fold under pressure from the left and the media.

markmiclette on January 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

…McCain was nominated after supporting amnesty and campaign finance reform and despite rumored flirtations in the past with the possibility of switching parties. Romney was nominated despite having been pro-choice and having signed RomneyCare into law.

Yes and they both lost! Perhaps if the party would stop nominating RINO’s we’d win one. Ryan has made it clear he too is a RINO and I thank him for letting us see him for what he is.
That doesn’t mean the idiots in the early voting states won’t nominate another RINO like Ryan, I’m sure they will. It’s total BS that the nominee is chosen before most states even get to have their primary election. The early voting states have waaay to much say in the primary selection process and have proven themselves to be incompetent morons who’ve done tremendous harm to the party and our nation.

Buttercup on January 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

…because he handed me my own ass on a platter – Bonehead

rgranger on January 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Paul Ryan is finished with me at least… as he has proven he will fold under pressure from the left and the media.

markmiclette on January 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Ryan has seen what has helped Christie gain support with the libs and dems(and squishy Repubs), and is trying to do the same thing. Sad.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Sterling Holobyte on January 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I picture Boehner negotiating with Obama:

Obama sits there saying nothing.
Boehner offers more and more concessions until he concedes to Obama more than Obama even hoped for.
As Boehner leaves, with Obama having said not a single word, Boehner shakes his head and says, “He’s good. Real good.”

justltl on January 4, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Again, it is about time! If anything good came out of this Tax Bill it is that the kick Obama gave Boehner’s crotch & the scolding he received from the new GOP members once he limped back into the House afterwards resulted in Boehner finally agreeing NOT to negotiate behind closed doors any more!

Obama promised to have the ‘most transparent gum’mint evuh’, but all of his major legislation has been 1) negotiated behind closed doors, & 2) forced upon the House/Republicans to vote on with almost NO WARNING before the vote.
– Nearly $1 Trillion pork-filled Stimulus Bill was quickly put together & pushed through
– The pages of the Obamacare Bill were not all together when Democrats sprung the vote on Congress in the wee hours of the morning – Americans awoke to find the bill had been passed. Congress admitted NOT ONE POLITICIAN had time to read the bill but voted to pass it just the same!
– The last Debt Ceiling Increase bill was negotiated behind closed doors & pushed through without any time to preview the bill.
– This Obama Tax Bill was presented to the House 15 Minutes before the call to vote – New GOP members said they never got a chance to read it but were pressured by Borhner to vote for it anyway!

(Remember how Obama promised 3 days to read all bills before they were signed….)

One of the new House GOP members stated he and the rest of the new GOP:
1) Expressed how DISPLEASED they were that ‘parlimentary/proper’ proceedures were being ignored & that Boehner was instead agreeing to play the DNC’s game by negotiating behind closed doors…NO MORE!

2) All future bills to be voted on must be in their hands at least 3 days (72 hours – what Obama promised) prior to a schedled vote or they will vote NO on the bill, no matter what it is.

easyt65 on January 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Republicans were in an absolute no win situation after the election. Now the only card they hold is the debt limit when it comes to spending cuts.

Obama and the Dems weren’t set on the tax policy based upon revenue, their motivation is a distorted view of fairness.

jpmn on January 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Two absolute minimums before passing a debt limit increase. The first needs to be REAL spending cuts, the second should be easy demand that the Senate do their job and pass a budget.

jpmn on January 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Oh Boehner give me a break!Tthe socialist pig cleaned your clock so no wonder you don’t want to negotiate with him.Negotiating means doing something besides caving!

redware on January 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

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