The House Republicans aren’t going to give Obama what he wants. They aren’t even going to give him a hell of a lot less than he wants. Boehner doesn’t have the votes.
As Part of Plan B, Boehner was to deliver, not a tax increase on those making more than $250K for which Obama asked, but a tax increase on those making more than a million dollars a year. He was then going to adjourn, go home and leave Obama to take it or leave it.
If Obama took it, 98.8% of Americans would have been spared a tax increase next year. If he rejected it, every tax paying American would pay more. Now there is nothing to take or leave. Boehner didn’t have the votes.
Say what you want about Boehner. He understood that sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn to save your queen. I don’t know what the rest of the caucus is thinking. If their goal is to avoid tax increases, they failed. Refusing to pass Plan B just turns the tiller over to the Democrats.
I predict we are going over the cliff and Obama will immediately start a traveling campaign calling for a tax cut for those making less than $250K per year. People will get behind him. Republicans won’t be able to talk about avoiding tax increases anymore. The tax increases will already have occurred.
All of the Republicans who refused to vote for lower taxes for those making less than a million a year will, at some point next year, line up to vote for lower taxes for those making less than $250K per year. How that is a victory is a mystery to me.
Boehner had spent weeks negotiating with his members and the Obama. At the last minute, when he needed Republicans most, they effectively gave Obama the victory he wanted. The weren’t play chess, they were playing checkers.