No sooner had House Speaker John Boehner reiterated this morning that he won’t bring a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut to a vote than his Republican counterpart in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, took the opposite position.
McConnell SAID the House should pass the bill forthwith, after which Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid should appoint conferees to negotiate a full-year extension of the tax cut.
President Obama immediately endorsed McConnell’s statement, thereby further embarrassing Boehner, who’s been taking a terrible beating this week in the court of public opinion and even from such staunchly conservative voices as the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.
Some Republicans, in an effort to help Boehner save a little face, are characterizing McConnell’s proposal as a compromise. Timothy Noah says that’s just a charade.
In a satirical memo to “members of media conspiracy,” Noah SAYS:
The compromise isn’t really a compromise. McConnell is telling Boehner it’s game over and he lost. But you must not report it that way, lest Boehner reject the deal. You must say that McConnell has the Democrats meeting Republicans halfway. At least until the House votes to approve the Senate bill. Then you may report the truth: That the House GOP challenged the Democrats and suffered a miserable, grinding, humiliating defeat. Which, let’s face it, is news.
How sweet it is!