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John Boehner is a squish. He says he ain't.

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Memo to Progressives: We have a new meme to introduce, and it is with fake solemnity and stifled laughter than I implore you to get the word out.

Here it comes.

Ready?

The Boehner is a squish.

Run with it. Savor it. Eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Oh, but I kid The Boehner.

The Hill:

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his "fiscal-cliff" strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate.

In a private speech to the Ripon Society [a 50-year-old GOP advocacy group] on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts [...]

“Some of our members don’t realize that while I may be a nice enough guy, and I get along with people, when I was voting I had the 8th most conservative voting record in the House,” he said. “But a lot of our newer members – they don’t know that. And so, you know, they think I’m some squish, that I’m ready to sell them out in a heartbeat, when obviously, most of you in this room know that that ain’t quite who I am.”

Oh we all know who you ain't and who you am, Boehner... you big regretful squish, you. Sniffle!

popeye I am what I am

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The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion

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Without even trying, I ran into four-- count 'em, four!-- different articles about how the Republican party is completely full of... dissension. They are imploding before our very peepers, and the whole wide world is watching.

Here are the four pieces I stumbled upon. Enjoy!

First, via my morning L.A. Times, an analysis by Paul West that he titled, Republican Party divide increasingly a matter of region. In it he writes about how the southern states, where the GOP base is entrenched, is increasingly divided from the rest of country:

The budget battles rocking the capital have exposed a deepening fault line within an already fractured Republican Party: the divide between the GOP's solid Southern base and the rest of the country. [...]

Few would dispute that the battle over the fiscal cliff and internecine sniping over Superstorm Sandy aid left Republicans in Washington deeply divided at a time when the party is still trying to recover from a presidential election defeat that many did not see coming.

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Why sure! Who am I to refuse a fascinated cat? That brings us to the Washington Post:

There are early signs of division within the Republican Party over how to approach the upcoming debate over raising the federal debt ceiling.

On Friday, a top Senate Republican signaled that members of his party should be prepared to play hardball and be willing to accept the kind of consequences in each previous fight they’ve threatened but managed to avoid.

But other Republicans counseled caution, warning that pressure from the business community and the public to raise the $16.4 trillion federal borrowing limit renders untenable any threats not to do so and will weaken the GOP’s hand if their stance is perceived to be a bluff.

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Of course! There will be no cliff hangers in this post. Next up, the New York Times:

From Mitt Romney’s loss on Election Day through the recent tax fight that shattered party discipline in the House of Representatives, Republicans have seen the foundations of their political strategy called into question, stirring a newly urgent debate about how to reshape and redefine their party.

At issue immediately is whether that can be achieved through a shift in tactics and tone, or will instead require a deeper rethinking of the party’s longtime positions on bedrock issues like guns and immigration. [...]

The coming legislative battles are certain to expose even more division in the party. And with establishment Republicans and Tea Party activists at times speaking as if they are from different parties altogether, concern is spreading throughout the ranks that things could get worse before they get better. [...]

But a changed tone alone may not do enough to smooth over the very real disagreements in the Republican Party. And it is not clear how the intraparty combatants can meet in the middle.

All together now: Aww.

aww tiny violin poor you

But wait! There's more!

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Well, okay, if you insist. We'll wrap it up with this. Roll Call reveals that the Boehner coup attempt was larger than first thought. Can you spell i-m-p-l-o-s-i-o-n?

A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his re-election to the position, but participants called it off 30 minutes before the House floor vote, CQ Roll Call has learned.

A group of disaffected conservatives had agreed to vote against the Ohio lawmaker if they could get at least 25 members to join the effort. But one member, whose identity could not be verified, rescinded his or her participation the morning of the vote, leaving the group one person short of its self-imposed 25-member threshold. Only 17 votes against Boehner were required to force a second ballot, but the group wanted to have insurance.

Bonus! Conservatives Annoyed by Christie!

All in all, 2013 promises to be an interesting, if not schadenfreude-filled year in politics.

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AUDIO-- The always classy Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) insults Pelosi... again: "There’s no facelift with John Boehner. He is who he is."

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O’Connor:

"So basically John Boehner became Nancy Pelosi without the charm?"

Gohmert:

"For the last two years. Let’s give him credit. There’s no facelift with John Boehner. He is who he is."

The above clip is from GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert's conversation with guest host Larry O’Connor on the Dennis Miller Show, courtesy of Think Progress.

This would be the same Louie Gohmert, a birther, who recently pushed a theory that President Obama helped oust Muammar Qaddafi “so that al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood could take over Libya”; who wants to arm teachers with assault rifles; who said that the shootings that took place in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter; who cast President Obama as an "evil emperor"; who joked about hitting “Nancy Pelosi” with a golf club; who lied at tea party rally: "I brought an abortion to show you"; who suggested that NYC 9/11 trials would be an "insane" gambit to create more jobs?...

You get the idea.

This man is an elected representative. Elected!

And because he represents those who voted for him (they did what again?), then clearly, many of his fellow Texans feel it's acceptable to desperately resort to jokes about a fellow Congress member's appearance.

Then again, she's just, you know, a woman.

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP Unity

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Via.

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Bonus Cartoon of the Day- Fiscal Cliff Hangover

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Via.

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Who Won?! Hint: Rhymes with Schmeric Schmantor.

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Today’s guest post is from my long time, dear friend, a TV writer-producer with an endless and impressive resumé, and regular TPC contributor, David Garber.

WHO WON?!!!

With the pending agreement on a last minute bill to prevent the fiscal cliff, you gotta ask yourself who won?

There are always winners and losers in these budget showdowns. The surprising answer may come very soon. And not the answer most people might be thinking. In the chess game that is constantly played for power in Washington, sometimes little things don't get noticed or recognized until later on down the road. Sometimes it's the subtle moves made before the big move. It's the traps that are set and if you're not careful, you'll become ensnared and then it's "check" and "mate."

Certainly the people of the this country would appear to have gotten a semi-win. The financial markets got a win. The Republicans, for the most part lost. The Democrats for the most part won. The Speaker of the House lost and big time. The President of the US, elected by the people for his position, not just his party (like Boehner) looks like a winner. But none of those are the gand champion. Not by a long shot. The biggest winner is -- ta-daaa! -- Eric 'The Mighty Mouse' Cantor. He finally got what he wanted -- the new power position of the Republican party. Yup, good ol' preppy, Eric. He now leads the party of the dysfunctional. He betrayed his leader, sold him out and now is taking the reins.

Boehner has lost his control. He's led his party to bowing under pressure and listening to the will of the people (oh,doesn't that sound Democratic) and vote for a tax increase on the rich. And if you're making $400K a year, you're rich. Hell, if you're making $250K a year, you're rich. But along comes Cantor -- the supposed best friend of Johnny Boehner -- and like Brutus to Caesar, stabs him in the back and leads the right-wingnuts by voting against the bill. And why? It wasn't because it didn't include the Sandy Hurricane relief. He doesn't care about that. It's that he now can move to the front of all those Republicans who had 'zero tolerance' for any tax hikes of any kind. And with the Speaker caving, with party members nervous about being primaried by the far right conservatives in 2014, they're going to need a leader. A man who represents them and their anger. And Cantor, in severing his support for his party's House leader, separated himself and now is poster boy for a party that's become overtly fractious and out of touch with the mainstream.

Being leader of the Republicans right now may not be the best job in the world, but it beats being the "gofer" for the Speaker. And that's what Cantor had become. He did everything to get the Speaker to put the bill on the floor where everyone knew, despite their wishes, it had to pass. Cantor behind the scenes would tell Boehner this is a bad bill but you've got to do something -- so put it to vote and we'll have your back and save your face. Cantor then just left Boehner to swing in the wind. And while choking for air, Boehner drops the power baton right into Cantor's devious hands.

Watch for Cantor to make a power play which will split the party. This will be fun to watch and nobody deserves it more than Boehner. As he and Cantor duke it out, maybe we'll see some changes in the strident insanity of party leadership. There could even be some movement to becoming a bit more moderate as the single Republican party becomes two. But we're sure going to get quite a show. Buckle your seat belts. Let the little ride attendant,Mr. Joe (Scarborough) punch your ticket as the lions are led in to face the Christians in the Colosseum. We're just about to get onto Mr. Toad's wild ride. Popcorn or cotton candy, anybody?

For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”

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John Boehner to Harry Reid: "Go F--- Yourself"

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here we still are 2013

Hey kids! Remember this?

Those were the good old days, weren't they? When a vice president swore in the worst and most insulting way using the worst and most insulting word right there on the Senate floor! Aimed directly at a Democratic U.S. Senator. Wowzers, glad that never happened again!

I spoke too soon.

Via Politico has a thing or two to say about why the Do Nothing Congress is in the insane state of incivility and gridlock they're clearly in:

House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.

It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.

Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.

Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?

Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.

The Party of Family Values strikes again.

What a Boehner

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