Bonehead Boehner: A loss of leverage and leadership!
*** A loss of leverage and leadership: In covering politics, you always want to resist the temptation to overstate things. After all, what’s up one day can go down the next. But it’s difficult to see what took place in Congress last night as anything other than an unmitigated disaster and embarrassing blunder for House Republicans -- all over something that was viewed as a negotiating tactic or PR move.
After being closer than ever before in striking a deal with President Obama to resolve the looming tax increases and spending cuts set to take place after Dec. 31, Speaker John Boehner and the House GOP leadership turned their attention to passing “Plan B,” a one-sided plan to raise tax rates on income above $1 million as a way apparently to gain more leverage over the Obama White House.
The result: Unable to get enough GOP support, House Republicans pulled the vote and announced they were going home for the Christmas holiday. And now? By demonstrating that they’re unable to corral sufficient votes, they’ve lost any leverage they held in the debate. The biggest thing we’ve learned after last night: No one right now is capable of leading the House Republicans. Outgoing GOP Rep. Steve LaTourette might have put it best. "It's unbelievable, this is horrible," he said, per NBC’s Frank Thorp. "I'm angry, I'm sad for my friend the speaker, and I'm sorry for the country. We deserve better."