Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The TanMan, Weeper of the House John Boehner, announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives will reconvene for possible votes on Sunday at 6:30 pm ET, Bloomberg News reported. "The House may be in session through Wednesday, January 2," advises the office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Josh Marshall gets it exactly right, Why?
John Boehner has now abdicated his responsibility to do anything to
negotiate some solution to the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ problem. He now
says the Senate has to act first. And only then will the House review the Senate’s proposal. So what’s going on? The only reasonable explanation is that he’s unwilling to act until he’s reelected as Speaker, as Harry Reid said [today].
The Septegenarian Ninja Turtle, Mitch McConnell, does not appear inclined to bail out the TanMan's sorry ass this time. McConnell and Reid met late Thursday afternoon but reports indicated they were no closer to a "fiscal cliff" austerity crisis deal for the Senate to consider.
We're going cliff diving on the first of the year because John Boehner is the "Worst. Speaker. Ever."
As Andrew Sullivan recently wrote, ‘Unfit For Government,’ GOP Is Party Of ‘Constitutional And Economic Vandalism’:
“Between the humiliating and chaotic collapse of Speaker Boehner’s already ludicrously extreme Plan B and Wayne La Pierre’s deranged proposal to
put government agents in schools with guns, the Republican slide into
total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a
free-fall,” Sullivan [writes].
“This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government. There is no
conservative party in the West – except for minor anti-immigrant
neo-fascist ones in Europe – anywhere close to this level of far right
extremism. And now the damage these fanatics can do is not just to their
own country – was the debt ceiling debacle of 2011 not enough for them?
– but to the entire world.”
But the current constitutional and economic vandalism
removes any shred of doubt that this party and its lucrative media
bubble is in any way conservative. They aren’t. They’re ideological
zealots, indifferent to the consequences of their actions, contemptuous
of the very to-and-fro essential for the American system to work,
gerry-mandering to thwart the popular will, filibustering in a way that
all but wrecks the core mechanics of American democracy, and now willing
to acquiesce to the biggest tax increase imaginable because they cannot
even accept Obama’s compromise from his clear campaign promise to raise
rates for those earning over $250,000 to $400,000 a year.
We need a new governing coalition in the House – Democrats and those
few sane Republicans willing to put country before ideology. But even
that may be impossible.
Well, Andrew, if you can find 25 "sane Republicans" in the House to pass a Democratic bill, let me know.