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BREAKING: GOP waaahmbulance alert: President Obama's bully pulpit is no fair! GOP has "fiscal cliff" counter offer.


It really, really surprises and bugs Republicans that President Obama has a spine, has won an election and support for his tax plan, has the upper hand, and that he is a new and improved version of Bargainer in Chief who, in his second term, has learned not to give ground before negotiations even get off the ground.

And as I said in my post Republicans are somehow shocked– SHOCKED!– at White House proposals and the president's ability to reach out to Americans:

What’s he doing running around the country communicating when he should be back where he belongs, in his D.C. bubble! Who does he think he is, the leader of the entire nation? Why, if he had any sense at all, he’d put the brakes on such discussions and devote his time to endless bickering with the Republicans whose primary goal was to obstruct his every proposal and make him a one term president.

The very idea!

This is seriously getting under John Boehner's bizarrely orange skin. Roll Call:

A day after the November elections, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans are ready to be led by President Barack Obama. Much to their dismay, they feel like they are being bullied instead.

The frustration is seeping through, as, for the first time in a while, Republicans do not seem to have an upper hand in negotiations. Instead, they are a step behind, relegated to reactive politics as Obama, emboldened by a decisive re-election and more Democrats on the way in the next Congress, takes his case to the public and presents private offers the GOP is certain to reject. [...]

Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, a Boehner ally and a key player on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee:

It’s just shocking to me that a president who gets fewer states in this election than the previous election and a smaller percentage of the vote, acts like he got a mandate,” he said. “This is unacceptable. This is not leadership. This is not leadership in any way shape or form from the president, and I’m personally very frustrated.”

Instead of scoffing and harrumphing and whining their elephantine asses off, maybe Boehner and Co. could try coming forward with specifics that don't sound like Ryan Budget Redux and start, you know, negotiating. Turning on your heel and tantruming was so Eric Cantor ago.

As Roll Call reports, the president is out on the trail talking to crowds at campaign-style rallies, while The Boehner and his conference "were left stewing in the Capitol." That didn't seem to bother Republicans when George W. Bush used the bully pulpit to push for privatizing Social Security:

Bush embarked on a 60-day national tour, campaigning vigorously for his initiative in media events, known as the "Conversations on Social Security", in an attempt to gain support from the general public.[151] Despite the energetic campaign, public support for the proposal declined[152] and the House Republican leadership decided not to put Social Security reform on the priority list for the remainder of their 2005 legislative agenda.[153]

Sucks to be them.

UPDATE: Per MSNBC and the AP just now, the GOP has a counter offer:

GOP proposes Medicare cuts, reduced Social Security inflation adjustment in fiscal cliff talks - @AP

Email alert via Politico:

POLITICO Breaking News: House Republicans have made a $2.2 trillion counter offer to the White House on the fiscal cliff negotiations that does not raise tax rates on upper income Americans but does include $800 billion in tax reform, $600 billion in health care cuts and $600 billion in other cuts in discretionary and mandatory spending.

Per Think Progress's Igor Volsky, a couple of tweets:

RT @chucktodd: ... the House GOP plan has another 1.4 T in new cuts/savings (Medicare/CPI for Soc Sec and other programs/Farm Subs).

GOP counter offer includes raising Medicare eligiblity age from 65 to 67 yo. This was part of Paul Ryan's plan and is a very bad idea.


VIDEO- Mitt Romney waaahmbulance alert: Team Obama is "talking about me and attacking me."


An "astonished," self-indulgent (and "unhinged") Willard M. Romney was whining on CBS, once again feeling sorry for himself, being completely out of touch, in another universe entirely, lying, and generally looking foolish. Or as I like to call it, business as usual.

"The president's campaign has put out a campaign that's talking about me and attacking me."

1. Um, that's what political campaigns, do, Willard. Even yours.

2. Pot. Kettle. Attack:

And then he actually had the nerve to say, "Nobody was talking about deregulating Wall Street." Really Mitt? Think Progress:

But Romney, on many occasions, has called for the repeal of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the first significant reform of the nation’s financial system since the Great Depression. In it’s place, all Romney’s economic plan calls for is a “streamlined regulatory framework.” ...

Meanwhile, the House Republican budget written by Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), dismantles key parts of the Dodd-Frank law.

Seriously, Team Romney, you make exposing your hypocrisy and lies way too easy.


VIDEO- Robert Gibbs: Romney is "embarrassing." Daily Beast: He's "lame, annoying, a true wimp, a weenie, nervous, terrified, nasty, whiny."



That was delightful, Robert Gibbs, thank you! Then there's this from a rather lengthy, must-read article in the Daily Beast:

He’s kind of lame, and he’s really ... annoying. He keeps saying these ... things, these incredibly off-key things. Then he apologizes immediately—with all the sincerity of a hostage. ... But the one thing he never does? Man up, double down, take his lumps. [...]

Romney is the genuine article: a true wimp. Oh, there are some ways in which he’s not—a wimp lets himself get kicked around, and Romney doesn’t exactly do that. [...]

In some respects, he’s more weenie than wimp—socially inept; at times awkwardy ingratiating, at other times mocking those “below” him, but almost always getting the situation a little wrong, and never in a sympathetic way. The evidence resonates across too many years to deny... This guy is nervous—terrified—about looking weak. And ironically, being terrified of looking weak makes him look weaker still. [...]

Compounding matters, when pressed to the slightest degree about his inconsistencies, he can get nasty and whiny. [...]

But if Romney is elected? Be nervous. ... [A] weenie Republican—look out. He has something to prove, needs to reassert that “natural” advantage. That spells trouble more often than not.

I can't add much to that, other than the excerpts ring true, and it's becoming more obvious by the day.

Anyone who would still vote for this guy would be doing so out of loyalty to the party or hatred for President Obama, because it can't possibly be that he's someone they'd truly want in the White House.

Nobody is that blind. Well, almost nobody, especially if they read the Daily Beast article.

Here's Willard's response to some of the criticism:


Gingrich won't 'allow' moderators to silence crowd at future debates


Isn't the whole point of having "moderators" that they moderate? Call time, makes rules (i.e. no audience participation)? Shorter Newt, "Do as I say or we're all going back to Fox News."

Newt Gingrich says he won’t “allow” the moderators of future GOP presidential debates to keep the crowd out of it.

Speaking on Tuesday to Fox News, Gingrich took the opportunity that was denied him at Monday night's debate, and blasted the media.

“I wish in retrospect I had protested when Brian Williams took [the crowd] out of it because I think it’s wrong,” he said. “I think he took them out of it because the media is terrified that the audience is going to side with the candidates against the media, which is what they’ve done in every debate.”

Gingrich’s debate performances are widely viewed as having propelled him to an overwhelming victory at Saturday’s South Carolina primary.