“You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”
— Obama’s response to John Boehner when he told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”
Instapundit calls that “An entire governing philosophy in one sentence.”
The account of the negotiations is from a Wall Street Journal reconstruction of the talks that were held in the White House. It was in Friday’s WSJ and is available online only with an online subscription.
This is from the WSJ article:
Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.
This might have come as a shock to John Boehner, but every serious political observer and every conservative talk show host in America has been predicting that Obama will do that no matter what Republicans do. The establishment Republicans must be the only people in the country who don’t already know what Obama really wants from Republicans right now. He wants only one thing. He wants a concession from Republicans that Republican policies, namely the Bush tax cuts, are the sole and only cause of all economic problems the country now faces. Of course, that’s a preposterous idea that turns every known economic theory on its head and is contradicted by the facts, but the
moron low-information voters and the nitwits in the media will believe it. When one’s head is overloaded with liberal claptrap there is no room left for facts, reason or logic. Boehner’s fumbling and bumbling in the last two weeks, his suicidal “read my lips” reminiscent agreement to raise taxes on the “rich”, have essentially given Obama everything he wanted. Boehner has taken Republicans back to the death spiral of agreeing to tax increases that ended the political career of the elder George H.W. Bush (“Bush 41”). It should end the career of John Boehner.
Boenher lost big in the negotiations with Obama last year over the debt ceiling. That mistake hurt Republicans in the 2012 elections. Unless Republicans wake up and get John Boehner off the public stage they will suffer again in 2014. All of Boehner’s efforts to try to make nice with Obama only pleases people who will never vote for any Republican under any circumstances. It angers and demoralizes the conservative base of the Republican party, without whose support Republicans cannot win enough Congressional elections around the country to maintain control of the House of Representatives in 2014. So as long as Republican leaders continue tacking to port they are heading their party to a crash on the rocky shoals.