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The "kinder and gentler" plan for the upper crust -- Republican's Plan B -- has just "crashed and burned" ...

What do they have in mind for an encore -- trash the Country's Credit Rating -- AGAIN.  I wouldn't put it past them.  They did it once before, afterall ... (by playing the role of "dead-beat" with America's bills.)


But what really intrigues me, is will Boehner survive this fiasco ... after 2 long years of leading such fiascoes?


Boehner abandons plan to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

by Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman, washingtonpost.com -- Dec 20, 2012

[...]
The vote on “Plan B” was perhaps the most consequential test of Boehner’s leadership since he took control of the House early last year. Persuading a majority of Republicans to cast a politically treacherous vote to permit higher taxes could have enhanced his leverage with President Obama in future talks to secure a broad plan to rein in the national debt, Republicans said.

Failure, however, immeasurably weakens Boehner’s hand -- and could imperil his hold on power.


And who would replace the ineffective Weeper of the House?

The even more ineffective No-Free-Rider-Disaster-Relief-Give-aways, Eric Cantor ???


Ugh.  Really!?


Even when rank-and-file Republican's plead the Speaker's case, with respect to maintaining political leverage -- not enough R's live in the land of Reality, to make the most of the "pair of tens" they were dealt, in this high-stakes game of poker.  (A Sequester game that they voted for btw.)


[Page 2]

“The Republicans are in an untenable situation,” Rep. Dan Burton (Ind.) said shortly before the vote. “If we don’t do anything, we go over the fiscal cliff. And then the president will come back. . . . And if the economy goes to hell, he’s going to say it was the Republicans’ fault.

Republicans have to do something of a positive nature to show the American public we’re concerned about middle-income people.”
[...]

I guess not, Plan B has been shelved.


Even Boehner can read the writing on the congressional wall -- quite literally.  GOP Leverage -- they can kiss that goodbye:


[Page 1]

Moments later, Boehner’s office issued a written statement.

“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass. Now it is up to the president to work with Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff,” the statement said, referring to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).


So what's up with the R's ?  


Do they have a Plan D -- to Dump Boehner?


Or are they still living in the state of Denial -- where they think they still have a shot at running the Senate and Presidency,

-- If they only shout "Hell No you can't!" LOUD enough ...?


And Boehner is still their perfect stooge foil ... for their petulant, never-ending tantrums throwing ...



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