Oh, good grief. From The Hill:
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his “fiscal-cliff” strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate.
In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to hit on Jan. 1.
Instead, Boehner delivered a formal speech at the Capitol on the day after President Obama won a second term, in which he offered a major Republican concession – new tax revenue as part of a broader fiscal deal.
“Looking back, what I should have done the day after the election was to make it clear the House has passed a bill to extend all of the current tax rates, the House has passed a bill to replace the sequester with cuts in mandatory spending, and the Senate ought to do its work,” Boehner said. “We’re ready, able and willing to work with the Senate as soon as they produce a bill. It should have been what I said. You know, again, hindsight is 20-20.”
Ahh . . . l’esprit de l’escalier, never in short supply among the weepers and the hand-wringers in the current GOP “leadership.” Just the thing to rally the troops, who are looking for somebody — anybody — to take control of the rudderless opposition and organize the pushback against a “fundamentally transformative” Obamaism that now stands fully revealed for what some of us always knew it was all along.
But don’t worry — things will get worse before they get even worse. After all, Boehner’s House is “ready, willing and able” to work with Harry Reid’s Senate.