The Corner

‘Chicken Crap’

Washington — Speaker-elect John Boehner told reporters this morning that the Democrats should “stop beating around the bush” and extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts, instead of taking votes on half-measures. Boehner’s comment comes hours before the House votes on a Democrat-sponsored package of more limited tax cuts, which is mostly viewed on the Hill as a political statement.

Boehner added that the Democrats’ maneuver was akin to “chicken crap. . . . This is nonsense.” He said he had an “honest” conversation at the White House with Obama earlier this week, but is unhappy about how Democrats are already playing games with an eye toward 2012.

“The election was one month ago,” Boehner said. “We’re 23 months from the next election and the political games have already started, trying to set up the next election.”

If Democrats don’t extend the Bush-era tax rates during the lame duck, Boehner pledged, come January, that the “new majority will.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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