Ron Johnson: If Boehner agrees to tax hikes as part of a sequester deal, he’s finished

posted at 7:21 pm on February 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

Skip to 3:10 of the vid for the key bit. Not sure why Johnson’s trying to turn the spotlight on Boehner when the new Republican strategy is to keep it on Reid. Evidently Boehner’s not sure either:

Senate Democrats have unveiled a package that would replace the sequester with a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. The Senate could act on a bill later this week, though it is unlikely to pass because Republicans oppose the tax hikes.

A frustrated Boehner told reporters, quote, “We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.”

Is Johnson right, though? Politico thinks so, running a story this morning about sequestration being the least bad option for Boehner at this point. If he starts another secret, likely doomed negotiation with Obama, he’ll be breaking his pledge after the fiscal cliff to follow regular order in the House in the future. If he brings a bill to the floor that raises new revenue, he’ll have to pass it with a Democratic majority — just like he did with the fiscal cliff. Violating the Hastert Rule once to hike taxes was kinda sorta excusable because the party was facing automatic tax hikes on New Year’s Eve regardless. Another violation now, when there are automatic cuts but no new automatic revenue in the offing, would be much harder to explain. Which is why Boehner’s saying things like this:

Speaker John Boehner reportedly told his colleagues to hold their ground, even as Democrats ramp up their public-relations campaign on the sequester. “He told us to stay on offense,” says a second GOP member. “He wants us to stand up and articulate our position. He encouraged us to talk about the replacement packages that we’ve already passed, and to not worry about every story in the press.”

Boehner did not signal any movement toward a deal with the president. The meeting was “light” and “relatively boring,” according to a House staffer. “It was an update. People came back after a week back home, caught up, and heard more of the same on the sequester.”

Any reason to think digging in on the sequester, at least for the moment, is smart on the merits and not just convenient for the Speaker? Maybe, yeah. Note the trend:

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We’ll likely never reach the point where O gets more blame for cuts than the GOP, the self-styled party of cuts, receives, but you may well see that margin tighten further (or, more likely, a swell in the “both equally” row) if Republicans start pushing the idea that they’re willing to let Obama choose which cuts to make. There’s risk in that, but there’s also risk in not letting the sequester take effect. If it does and it’s less damaging than feared, the Democrats’ credibility in future doomsaying over cuts will be shot. Plus, the longer the standoff drags on (especially if it gets bogged down in the Senate), the greater the risk to The One that he’ll be seen as ineffectual in being unable to end the crisis.



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As sure as the sun rises in the east he and the republican party will cave.

trs on February 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Come on GOP hang tough.

gophergirl on February 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Boehner should already be finished. He is part of the Bush years legacy that got us into this tragic hole.

ParisParamus on February 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

And who will replace him?

They are all Cave’ers.

portlandon on February 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I believe that I heard that talk before (like when he was up for speakership).

nobar on February 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

How does Obama hope to get any of his agenda done with the way he is behaving?

ninjapirate on February 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Ron Johnson: If Boehner agrees to tax hikes as part of a sequester deal, he’s finished

And Allahpundit falls for the ole… Hey look, a squirrel yet again. Boehner is working hand and hand with Obama the Great Destroyer.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

How does Obama hope to get any of his agenda done with the way he is behaving?

The GOP’s motto needs to be “No Obama Victories” on anything… he deserves nothing the way he is behaving.

Why would anyone agree to Immigration Reform now?

ninjapirate on February 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Well, okay – BUT, we’ve heard this all before … “If Boehner caves, he’s out!”, But of course he keeps caving and he is still in control.

Pork-Chop on February 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

John Boehner is like a 12 year old boy who got his wish – to be the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Now that he got the job, he doesn’t know what to do, is out of his league and scared,

bw222 on February 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Oh bullspit. Boehner will cave because caving is what Boehner does.

And he won’t pay any noticeable price for caving, either. I’m fed up with pretending any of these nitwits has a spine or a pair.

Kensington on February 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Boehner has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with George W, Bush

They are unrelated – unless you simply HATE mmmBOOOOOOOSH,

Then all pain in your life – from your feet to your wife’s menstrual cramps to the pain caused by the fact that you can’t process a logical congntivie thought – is the fault of mmmBOOOOOOOOSH!!

….AND you can’t process a logical cognitive thought…

williamg on February 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

I think Boehner is a Democratic mole.

HondaV65 on February 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

The Weeping Boner shouldn’t be in the leadership right now. If the GOP had any brains they would toss the crybaby moron out on the street tonight. Boner has been nothing but an unmitigated disaster since even before the idiot GOP House made him Weeper. Boner sucked as minority leader, when he couldn’t even be moved to force one single full reading of any one of the various 2000+ page unread bills for BarkyCare that flew through the House.

Boner should be toast right now. If he needs practice let him do it with something that’s inconsequential. He should NOT be in any political position of power. He sucks. And he’s too dumb to recognize that he sucks, otherwise he never would have run for a second term as Weeper – to screw the country over even more.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

You know, it’s funny, Boehner has been “finished” so many times, and yet he’s always the last man standing, somehow. What can you really do to a guy who has one of the worst jobs in the world?

Armin Tamzarian on February 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Senate Democrats have unveiled a package that would replace the sequester with a mix of spending cuts and tax increases.

And that would not be unreasonable, except for one “little” truth, the tax increases would be real and the spending cuts would be lies.

VorDaj on February 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I think Boehner is a Democratic mole.

HondaV65 on February 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Why do you say he’s a “mole”? THAT would imply some form of him CONCEALING his mission – wouldn’t it?

williamg on February 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

end the crisis.

What crisis? Cutting a tiny bit of the growth of future spending levels is a crisis?

HellCat on February 26, 2013 at 7:54 PM

It’s not about Boehner, Obama, or Congress; It’s about the country going over the cliff.

racquetballer on February 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Didn’t Johnson already agree to tax hikes with his fiscal cliff vote? who is he to talk about caving in?

exceller on February 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I think Boehner is a Democratic mole.

HondaV65 on February 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

What difference does it make to you? You voted for Obama.

JPeterman on February 26, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Ron Johnson has the courage of few in his party. 
 
If Republicans cave on sequester, then its “no soup for you” and definitely no money.

ignatzk on February 26, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Hang tough and “call the bluff” GOP..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Being a U.S. Congressman must be the best job ever, because no one is willing to assume any risk whatsoever. These chuckleheads will move heaven and earth to prevent putting their job in any form of jeopardy.

What’s really odd is that that attitude often gets them unelected.

Curtiss on February 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Boehner will cave. Even if he was not trying to enable Obama, and even if the Country Club Republicans were not an unofficial branch of the Democrats; Boehner does not have it in him to stand up to anyone on the Left. He gets hives or something.

And the Institutional Republican Party will a) rally around him to keep him in office, and b) blame it all on those evil Conservatives who just need to understand that now is not the time to fight, but next time always is… until next time becomes now.

We have played this scene before.

Subotai Bahadur on February 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I think Boehner is a Democratic mole.

HondaV65 on February 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

*facepalm*..

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

If Team GOP,raises TAXES,again,and especially after getting
BOINKED in the last episode,then yes..Boehner and the Right
are gonna have a In-Party-Civil War!!

canopfor on February 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

whatevs….

Boehner lives down to his low expectations and there he remains……

ted c on February 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

*facepalm*..

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Dire Straits:”Dude”,…long time no see…..*Waves*:)

canopfor on February 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

At least he hasn’t been crying much lately.

Curtiss on February 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

If Ron Johnson knows of what he speaks, then let Boner cave and get his butt out of there. Cut the losses and start fresh with anyone who’s got a pair.

ORrighty on February 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Ron Johnson: If Boehner agrees to tax hikes as part of a sequester deal, he’s finished

Nah.

He can join The Fat Man and Co. as the RINO wing of the Donks.

There is no GOP anymore, just those who are the Almost Donks and those who are the Whig/Walking Dead Party contingent.

Actually, a cave here would probably be for the best, as it would hurry the demise of the GOP Ruling Class party.

Bruno Strozek on February 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

The Feds will crash a plane (which will have crashed due to layoffs in control towers, of course), or start spreading rumors of “mad cow disease” in the food chain due to lack of meat inspections.

SouthernGent on February 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

A frustrated Boehner told reporters, quote, “We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.”

…Bonehead!…where were you the last two and three years?

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Ron Johnson: If Boehner agrees to tax hikes as part of a sequester deal, he’s finished

You mean like the last fiscal cliff cave ‘finished’ him? How about the cave before that? Or before that?

STFU, Ron – whoever the hell you are.

Midas on February 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I think Boehner is a Democratic mole.

HondaV65 on February 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Based on your confessed voting history, so are you. STFU.

Midas on February 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

canopfor on February 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Great to see you friend!!..We have been “missing each other” lately..Glad to be back in sequence..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

“He told us to stay on offense,” says a second GOP member.

Huh? Is that a joke? Going “on offense” in Boehner’s parlance means issuing a press statement once a week.

rrpjr on February 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Hold strong, GOP. Methinks Boehner is doing good. This is a ‘crisis’ where he can be strong, and not cave. Good.

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

The whole republican party should have been finished after the last vote to raise taxes.

Panther on February 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

canopfor on February 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Great to see you friend!!..We have been “missing each other” lately..Glad to be back in sequence..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Dire Straits:Right back at cha,yuppers:)

canopfor on February 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Not a good sign.
Johnson just fired a warning shot, meaning he has reason to believe crybaby is going to cave. Not that it takes a lot to come to that conclusion.

JusDreamin on February 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Hold strong, GOP. Methinks Boehner is doing good. This is a ‘crisis’ where he can be strong, and not cave. Good.

tommy71 on February 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Dude … really.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

JusDreamin on February 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I agree it was a warning shot..I think Johnson just sent the message to hold the line!!..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Ron Johnson: If Boehner agrees to tax hikes as part of a sequester deal, he’s finished

So? I’m sure he figures the Dems will take ‘im in.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I’ve been a Dallas Cowboy fan all of my life.

What all of you are feeling re: GOP and the sequester is exactly what Cowboy fans feel for every second of every 4th quarter of a Dallas game.

Get used to it. And as a calibration, with a 17 point lead and less than 2 minutes to play a Dallas victory is not assured.

BobMbx on February 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Obama’s MO:

1. Obama sh*ts on someone

2. Obama “You stink”.

3. Media “Wow, you stink”.

4. Obama “I won”.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Huh? Is that a joke? Going “on offense” in Boehner’s parlance means issuing a press statement once a week.

rrpjr on February 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I thought you were going to say offense to Boehner was grabbing the 4-iron instead of laying up with a 6-iron.

BobMbx on February 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Time to play “college entrance exam!”

Lucy > Charlie Brown > football

Boehner > No caving > ?

Can you complete the compound analogy above?

Wino on February 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

We need to cut at least a trillion out of the budget – cutting the Obama-fat.

The sequester is a pittance, and should be easy for the Republicans.

Go on TV and say something like;

When Obama suggested the sequester, it didn’t seem like the best deal for America at the time, but we felt we had to get something done.

Here we are again and Obama now wants to get rid of the tiny cuts he came up with. Well, he gave the federal government a 33% raise while ordinary Americans were suffering, and now he is balking at giving back the tiniest fraction of that?

Get serious President Obama, your friends and allies can’t continue to party on the taxpayer’s dime while Americans are out of work. So cut it out with the vacations you keep taking and offer a serious deal to get this budget somewhere near balanced.

And Senator Reid, when you took over the Senate there was a $200B deficit. You sir exploded it to 6 times that to pay for things like cowboy poetry slams. ENOUGH. You haven’t passed a budget in years and it is your job. Ordinary Americans get fired for less.

18-1 on February 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Get rid of him now. While we still have a chance.

pat on February 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Appropriate only the funds in Paul Ryans budget, and shut down the house. They want unilateral action, show ‘em how it’s done!

SMACKRUNNER on February 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Boehner needs to get outa dodge…his time is long gone, but he’s welcome to go…straight to he!! if i have any say

OldWeaselKeeper on February 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Why is threatening someone’s job an effective tack? These people should all believe in their convictions. If he thinks the thing most of us don’t agree with, let him do the honorable thing and go down thinking it. Everyone in Washington just does the thing to keep their job, and it’s killing us.

321mdl on February 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

“Ron Johnson announces retirment from Congress: New head writer for Leno”

Mr. Grump on February 27, 2013 at 7:18 AM

And where are the Senate democrats in that blame poll?

osborn4 on February 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM