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John Boehner wants to prolong sequestration. Oh, and his job performance numbers are in the toidy. Coincidence?


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A Public Policy Polling poll of Ohioans has GOP House Speaker John Boehner's job performance numbers at a whopping 20 percent; 59% disapprove of the job he's doing. (John Kasich's not doing too well, either. Follow the link.)


Since October 2012, The Boehner's approvals have fallen 13 points, down from 33%.

Gee, could it have anything to do with the fact that he "is, in fact, bad at his job”? How bad? Well, as we speak, TPM has a post on Boehner's call for more-- wait for it-- sequestration:

...House Speaker John Boehner reiterated that his chamber would move quickly when Congress reconvenes to pass a continuing resolution that would avoid a government shutdown but prolong sequestration.

The short-term resolution would keep the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration in place.

Good grief, can he get any more tone deaf?

Take this L.A. Times headline, for example:

Defense officials tell Congress that scheduled sequester budget cuts threaten to gut the military.

Or this Times story:

The Obama administration announced Monday that about 5,600 low-income California children would be shut out of federally funded Head Start preschool programs because of Washington budget gridlock.

How's that outreach workin' for ya, GOP?


Boehner asks Obama what he gets for offer of $800 billion in tax revenue. PBO: "You get nothing. I get that for free."


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If President Obama would always be this tough, would continue the spine stiffitude, the swagger, the driving a hard bargain, we Dems would be in great shape. Or will this possible scenario burst the hardass bubble?

The Wall Street Journal posted a behind-the-scenes look at some of the fancy negotiation talkin' between Obama and John Boehner, but it's subscription only.

However, FiredUpInCAFollow at DKos has excerpts. So, here are excerpts of the excerpts. “John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job.” Sources say Paul Ryan may replace him. This could be why:

Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.

At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”

You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.” [...]

The president repeatedly reminded Mr. Boehner of the election results: “You’re asking me to accept Mitt Romney’s tax plan. Why would I do that?” At another point, the speaker noted his GOP majority would also return next year. [...]

Mr. Boehner said he wanted a deal along the lines of what the two men had negotiated in the summer of 2011 in a fight over raising the debt ceiling. “You missed your opportunity on that,” the president told him.

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Sounds like a president who knows he has a mandate. Let's hope he keeps acting like he does.

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More fun here.


VIDEO: "John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job." Sources say Paul Ryan may replace him.


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True to form, Rachel Maddow does her usual excellent job, this time by putting the House of Representatives' last few years into perspective for us by chronicling John Boehner's bad-at-his-jobitude:

"You counted wrong... You had to shut everything down at emergency speed."

"Nancy Pelosi never lost a vote. She never once got so confused and lost such control of the group she was supposed to be leading that she did not know what they were going to do... She was good at her job. John Boehner is not good at his job."

"John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job."

"Is his job, in fact, impossible?"

"If... Republicans in Washington are... incapable of making governing policy.. then... this is a problem for which we may need to find the serenity, and the certainty, that it will not change."

The Boehner has a limp caucus. Yes, it's true, he he has lost control of his own caucus. Should this condition last longer than four hours years, it may be time to get help. And despite his apparent reliance on prayers like this one, he clearly needs stronger medicine:

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In fact, Sources say Paul Ryan may replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House (h/t: Gateway Pundit):

One thing did surprise me a little: Rachel's concern about falling off the fiscal curb. I thought she'd be more of an "Oh, just let it happen" type.


"Look, up in the sky! It's a 'fiscal cliff.' It's a slope. It's an obstacle course... it's a lamebrained package of economic depressants."


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Stephanie Kelton is an associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the founder and editor of New Economic Perspectives. She has a good op-ed in today's L.A. Times, and it goes a little something like this:

Look, up in the sky! It's a "fiscal cliff." It's a slope. It's an obstacle course.

The truth is, it doesn't really matter what we call it. It only matters what it is: a lamebrained package of economic depressants bearing down on a lame-duck Congress. [...]

We tend to forget that one person's spending becomes another person's income. At its most basic level, macroeconomics teaches that spending creates income, income creates sales and sales create jobs. And creating jobs is what we need to do. Until the fiscal cliff distracted us, we all understood that. [...]

So in our current circumstance — a growing but fragile economy — policymakers are wrong to focus on the fact that there is a deficit. It's just a symptom. [...]

We do not have a debt crisis, and our deficit is not a national disgrace. We are not at the mercy of the Chinese, and we're in no danger of becoming Greece. That's because the U.S. government is not like a household, or a private business, or a municipality, or a country in the Eurozone. [...] [L]awmakers should be haggling over how to use the tool of a federal deficit to boost incomes, employment and growth. That's the balancing act we need.

That's a whole lot of fancy myth bustin' sprinkled with wisdom and iced with truth.

So why isn't Congress getting this again?

Please read the entire piece here.

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Memo to GOP: Staging a circus makes you a clown


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Andy Marquis, reporter for, is our guest blogger of the day. He used to consider himself a Republican but not any more.  He changed his voter registration to Independent in 2011 and says that’s how it will remain.

Here’s his latest guest post:

Staging a Circus Makes You a Clown

December 21st won’t mark the end of the world, but it certainly appears it’s marking the beginning of the end of John Boehner’s tenure as Speaker of the House.  On Thursday night, Speaker Boehner had to cancel a circus that he staged.  That circus was H.R. 6684, otherwise known as “Plan B” (or, more appropriately, “Plan BS”).

The Speaker was close to a deal with President Obama to avert the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” before a bizarre “press conference” on Wednesday in which he announced Plan BS, saying he would only raise tax rates on millionaires.  However, CNBC points out the plan cuts the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, among other things, resulting in a tax increase for the majority of Americans.  The plan would be dead-on-arrival in the Senate if it had passed the House and it most certainly would have met President Obama’s veto pen if it did pass the Senate.

The plan, however, put TEA Party Republicans in a bind.  TEA Party Republicans would have to go against every core principle they preach if they went with Boehner’s plan, raising taxes without cutting spending.  It was bizarre and insane.  Even though it was all political theater, and not meaningful policy, Boehner thought he would get enough Republicans to vote for the plan so he could thump his chest before meeting with the president.

On Thursday night, in a dramatic exhibition of political theater, Boehner was forced to pull his proposal because he could not get enough Republican votes, not to speak of the votes he would not get from Democrats.  So, now, the Republican Party sits more divided than ever and Boehner looks like a clown. 

If you’re going to stage a circus, make sure you look like the promoter and not the ringmaster.  If you’re going to draft a bill with the sole intent of spiting the other party, make sure you have enough votes.  If you’re not sure you have enough votes, don’t go on television and thump your chest.

Boehner didn’t have the votes, he had to pull the bill and Washington, DC sits under a flood advisory due to his tears flooding the Potomac after his epic failure.  Politics should never be this much fun to watch, but it was on Thursday.  The fuse has been lit for the implosion of the Republican Party and, like a demolition derby, it is fun to watch.


VIDEO: Eric Cantor's walk of shame after humiliating Plan B failure


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And why is Eric so cranky? Via email alert:

House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their fallback tax bill from the floor Thursday night, conceding that they did not have the votes to pass it.
The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Speaker John A. Boehner said in a statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.”
The decision was a major setback for the speaker, who was pushing his so-called Plan B to prevent lower tax rates from expiring on most Americans. It came after the House had narrowly approved a plan to suspend planned Pentagon cuts.

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Yes, McConnell filibustered himself and The Boehner pulled his own bill. This must be why they call themselves the "adult" party. What next? Firing themselves?

Plan BS was aborted. Will there be a Billhood proposal?

We on Twitter got a million of 'em folks, a million of 'em. Oh, but I kid.

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Yesterday, John Boehner gave a 50-second response to President Obama’s 22 minute Q and A on the fiscal crossroads negotiations after which we all had a good laugh.

Today he continued the Boehner Babble saying the Democrats "have done nothing." Project much, Speaker B?

MSNBC cut away pretty quickly and Andrea Mitchell immediately followed up with, "We can see that there's no progress there."

With that in mind, here's today's Quickie:

Two headlines from The Hill caught my eye:

Cantor vows Plan B will pass  

Leader Reid rules out Senate vote on 'Plan B'

Plan Moot.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?