Via Greg Hengler. Weiner being abrasive is pretty much the opposite of breaking news, but I am a bit surprised at how subdued MK’s reaction is. One of the reasons Fox viewers love her is her willingness to throw down with the likes of KP; in this case, he’s all but telling her to pipe down and let the grown-up talk and yet she hardly bats an eye. The Megyn Kelly of old would have called him a pencil-neck geek and then cut his mic. Dude, I think she’s going soft.
As for Weiner’s angst over the deal, The One has three problems right now: His base hates the terms of the compromise on the merits, they hate the fact that he didn’t fightfightfight for a better bargain, and of course they hate the fact that they’ll be irrelevant in the House in a few more weeks. Time for the progressive caucus to make a last stand? Maybe!
Fox has learned that Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Jay Inslee (D-WA) are crafting a letter to share with the House Democratic Caucus that would try to prevent the Speaker from bringing the tax bill to the floor.
They hope to get 60 signatures on their letter (which is still being drafted) and then force a vote in the caucus. DeFazio says he thinks that if a majority of House Democrats are against this compromise, they shouldn’t bring it to the floor.
Barney Frank’s opposed to it too, and apparently the caucus had a big angry meeting last night with lots of applause for critics. The dilemma for bruised and battered Blue Dogs: Spite Nancy by siding with Obama on a deal they might not be thrilled with or spite Obama by siding with Nancy and handing liberals a victory over a centrist compromise? The One’s bringing all sorts of pressure on them, trotting out Larry Summers to warn of a new recession if the compromise fails and touting the fact that some respected centrists like Jim Webb are already in favor. If I had to bet, I’d bet they vote for the deal, but, er, check back with me tomorrow.