They Got Nothing and Don’t Know When to Fold

I keep coming back to if this so-called fiscal cliff was a poker game… I don’t think that strangely orange-hued Speaker of the House John Boehner even has a pair, if you know what I mean and I think you do.

So without having any leverage following the election, and clearly not having the support of his caucus, Weepy keeps telling the media that the President needs to tell Wingnutta what entitlement cuts he is willing to make. What I don’t understand is why Obama would propose cuts that the GOP wants, and I don’t understand why Weepy won’t propose what his caucus is demanding. But I have a theory

Here’s the thing: if Obama just lets the stupid sequester thing happens, he gets most of what he wants automatically with all taxes returning to the pre-Chimpy rates, and anything else will almost surely be restored legislatively immediately, like cuts to defense spending, whether he signs it or not, it will be proposed. So why should Obama propose any changes to entitlements at all?

My guess, alluded to above, is that Boehner has nothing. His caucus of imbeciles and god-bothering fetus-fondlers clearly is playing purity games. It’s not that they have no opinion about what to cut, it is that they think entitlement programs shouldn’t exist at all. So whenever Boehner comes back to them with a deal, they won’t take it. They still don’t believe that they lost the elections.

Boehner’s got nothing. Obama should sit tight.

(Hat tip: The Plum Line)

12 thoughts on “They Got Nothing and Don’t Know When to Fold

  1. So without having any leverage following the election, and clearly not having the support of his caucus, Weepy keeps telling the media that the President needs to tell Wingnutta what entitlement cuts he is willing to make.

    The GOoPers want the President to propose cuts, so they can attack him for proposing said cuts. It’s a cynical, hypocritical maneuver, and they’re dumb enough to think it’ll work.

    In my life I quite frequently find the “do nothing” option to be the best.

    No way, old chum, the “have another beer” option is always better.

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  2. Dumb question: how come elected officials never, ever see that their jobs, their salaries, their fabulous benefits are all the only really, truly entitlements there are?

    I’ll have another beer.

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  3. Here’s why the Repukes are doing this:
    1. It’s worked remarkably well before with Obama compromising with himself and making a whole bunch of unnecessary concessions and getting virtually nothing for it.
    2. The media love the “two sides are negotiating” meme. It enables the he said, she, said staple of modern “journalism”.
    3. If Obama and the Dims were smart, for a change, they’d see that running out the clock and doing nothing puts them tremendously in command of the situation after Jan. 1, so ANY bargain the Repukes can get before that is a win for them.
    4. Obama and the Dims are not smart and don’t want to be in a position to play offensively after Jan. 1, so they are content to play defense now and make a deal with the Repukes that makes them look like reasonable adults and also mollifies corporate interests.
    5. Fuck the poor and punch the hippies is the ultimate goal of bipartisanship.

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  4. I think the other reason Boehner is saying what he is is because he knows that certain of the cuts he & his pals want will be very unpopular with the public. So he wants the President to be the first to specify what the entitlement cuts will be and take the political heat which the Repubs by rights should get. In other word, the Repubs are being chickenshit–all mouth, no balls.

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  5. Boner is going to let the whole thing hang until the second week of January… Until AFTER he secures his reelection as Speaker. Any tax increases that go into effect 1-1-13 can be repealed on the next paycheck stub.

    Boner is terrified of Cantor and the rest of the teabaggers, so his plan is to kick it down the road again. He would quit the House if he was demoted to a back bencher, just like Hastert.

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