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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.

More here.


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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?


"But we are not dealing with rational people here. We are dealing with House Republicans."


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Jonathan Chait:

But we are not dealing with rational people here. We are dealing with House Republicans. 


Chait sure knows his irrationals.

If Boehner strikes a deal before January, Republicans will suspect he gave away revenue he could have fought for. But if he refuses, the House Republicans will see for themselves what happens. The revenue will go away on its own, over Boehner’s objections. All Obama has to do is continue to make clear he will not under any circumstances extend any tax cuts on income over $250,000 a year. Then he has nearly all the revenue he needs, and he can offer Republicans a deal they would never walk away from. They might try to get that deal in December, but January remains the best bet.

But didn't the president already wiggle up to the $400,000 number? Yes, yes he did: Obama offers new tax hike threshold of $400,000. Stay tuned.


VIDEO: John Boehner's 50-second response to Pres. Obama's 22 minute Q and A on fiscal crossroads negotiations


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There you have it, all 50 seconds of it. Yes, ladies and gents, welcome to another in-depth press conference from the Speaker of the House. And by press conference I mean political theater. Of the absurd. In record time.

As I livetweeted when I watched the Speaker continue to push Plan BS, The Boehner made a hit and run statement that went by so fast I missed it. No presser, just a "Get Serious, President Obama" Moment of Meh.

Having trouble controlling your caucus, JB? Worried about your job? Perhaps you could match those concerns with some about the rest of us.

Roll Call's David Drucker tweeted this:

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I guess we should be grateful that we were exposed to less than a minute of Boehner Babble.

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President Obama's statement on curbing gun violence and press conference videos here.


If this Democratic source is correct, the GOP is even more tone deaf than we thought


Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.”

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”

Karl Rove's advice to his fellow Republicans was just don’t *sound* intolerant. It's the language, see, not the policies. Sounding judgmental will lose you votes. Acting that way is still the way to go, apparently.

In other words, lip service, not introspection and attitude evolution, is the answer. They are certainly not the party of big ideas and change they claim to be. They're stuck in their own Neanderthal mud, whether it's about gay rights, women's rights, civil rights, voting rights, you name it. And yet they're shocked-- shocked!-- that they lost so badly in the November elections.

In fact, if the following report is accurate, and unless Boehner was intentionally offering up the most unrealistic proposal he could think of, they're straight up, whacked-out, ridiculously tone deaf, especially in light of all the polls:

Washington (CNN) – One of the reasons Tuesday night's conversation between President Barack Obama and John Boehner did not go well was because the GOP House speaker sent the White House a fiscal cliff proposal calling for a permanent extension of Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, including for incomes in the top 2%, a Democratic source said Wednesday.


What Happens if There's a "Fiscal Cliff"?: "Human Sacrifice, Dogs and Cats Living Together ... Mass Hysteria!"


Christopher Lamb has graciously permitted us to cross-post his latest op-ed, What Happens if There's a Fiscal Cliff?: "Human Sacrifice, Dogs and Cats Living Together ... Mass Hysteria!"

If no budget deal is reached between Congress and President Barack Obama by the end of the year, the United States will face what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke described as "a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases."

We know the seriousness of this situation because no news program goes more than 10 minutes without telling us the seriousness of the situation.

The closest historical precedence for anything like the "fiscal cliff" is found in the 1984 movie, "Ghostbusters" -- when the ghostbusters inform the mayor of New York that the city is threatened by a disaster of biblical proportions:

Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?

Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes . . .

Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

The news media have told us that the failure to avoid the fiscal cliff will result in--and make no mistake about it--a serious situation. They've reported that there will be an immediate tax increase on most earners and massive cuts to government programs, the defense budget, and Medicare.

But this is just the stuff they're telling us. Could it mean the end of the world? It might just be worse than that.

Here is a partial list of what will happen if Congress and the president don't agree to a budget deal before January 1, 2013.

-- The United States will convert to the metric system.

-- Replacement refs will return to the National Football League.

-- Congress will repeal the laws of gravity, leaving thousands of other bills up in the air.

-- The National Anthem will change from the "Star-Spangled Banner" to "Everybody Wang Chung Tonight."

-- Hours will have 61 - minutes.

-- All prime-time television programs will be required to include at least one appearance by a member of the Kardashian family.

-- Cell phones will only work in South Dakota.

-- Supreme Court justices will exchange their traditional robes for hoodies, low-rider jeans, tank tops, and doo rags and write their decisions in rap.

-- The letter "e" will be removed from the alphabt.

-- You will only be able to buy shoes for left feet and socks for right feet.

-- Olivia Newton-John will marry former major league pitcher Tommy John, divorce him, marry singer Wayne Newton, divorce him and then marry chef Jamie Oliver. She will become Olivia Newton-John-John-Newton-Oliver.

-- Texting will end, forcing millions of Americans to talk to each other.

-- Texas and Arizona will be returned to Mexico, which will then pass repressive anti-immigrant legislation.

-- "Human Sacrifice, Dogs and Cats Living Together . . . Mass Hysteria."

Chris Lamb is a professor of journalism at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. His last book was The Sound and Fury of Sarah Palin (Frontline Press).


VIDEO-- Lawrence O'Donnell to Gingrich: We "have been waiting for your apology for 20 years for being completely wrong."


This is exactly the kind of in your face talk I was anticipating from Lawrence O'Donnell, and he didn't disappoint. He came prepared, which he had to considering how little speaking time MSNBC hosts seem to get on Meet the Press:

"Who said this? ‘The tax increase will kill jobs and lead to a recession, and the recession will force people out of work and onto unemployment, and actually increase the deficit.’ That’s Newt Gingrich in 1993, on the Clinton tax increase, and those of us who were working on the other side of that tax increase, Newt, have been waiting for your apology for 20 years for being completely wrong about that."

Think Progress:

[I]n 1993 when President Bill Clinton raised taxes on the top income earners... the country experienced the “longest period of economic growth in U.S. history, increased business investment, 23 million jobs added, and, of course, budget surpluses.” The same boom did not materialize after President George W. Bush enacted his tax cuts; the country experienced large deficits and the weakest job and income growth in the post-war era.