News broke within the hour that the so-called “Plan B”, the Republican proposal to solving the so-called “fiscal cliff” crisis, did not even go up for vote tonight.
Speaker John Boehner of Ohio called a special conference at 7:45pm tonight to try and whip his party to at least pass what would’ve been a largely symbolic vote. When his pleas fell upon deaf ears; the GOP packed up their things as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia announced the House would reconvene following the Christmas holidays.
The failure to even get Plan B up for a vote is oddly telling when it comes to the House under Boehner’s “leadership”. Boehner has had trouble controlling his caucus before but today may very well have been the tipping point that could very well lead to a resignation. How can Boehner really continue after this massive public relations loss?
The House GOP has bailed out of Congress and it has to be amazing news if you so happen to support President Barack Obama. Besides the 2010 mid-terms and killing various forms of legislation, the only GOP “wins” when it came to legislative success was the oft-repeated repeals of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) that were almost less than symbolic if it were possible.
How much longer will this charade of leadership continue? The Republican Party took a beating when it came to the November election cycles but still tried to wield their clout over the past month as negotiations have repeatedly gone nowhere. As of now, the Democratic Party has to be sitting pretty and now would be the time to propose a tax hike for families earning more than $250,000 and maintaining Social Security and Medicare while slashing the defense budget.
Boehner can not control the Tea Party Caucus nor can he get major initiatives passed.
So maybe Speaker Eric Cantor will be seen shortly.