Pelosi scolds Boehner: ‘Figure it out!’



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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have much sympathy for her successor’s predicament. “Figure it out,” she scolded Speaker John Boehner about dealing with the fiscal cliff.

Pelosi cited her own experience dealing with President George W. Bush’s request to fund the unpopular war in Iraq. A fierce opponent of the war, Pelosi still wanted to ensure that the troops weren’t left high and dry. Her strategy: hold multiple votes. Democrats could go on record as opposing the war, but could still vote to fund it.

“Do you know what it was like for me to bring a bill to the floor to fund the war in Iraq?” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s tough, but you have to do it if you don’t want to put your members on the spot. Figure it out. We did.”

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Working on the same principle, Pelosi urged Boehner to bring up a bill extending middle-class tax rates under a suspension of the rules, which would require a two-thirds majority to pass—something she thinks is possible. Tax rates for the wealthiest Americans would then automatically go up at year’s end. “It’s painful, but it’s the job he signed up for,” said Pelosi.

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It is amazing the degree to which the corporate media tries to cover Boehner's weakness. The media plays up Boehner's statements that he is looking to compromise. The media then lets Boehner allege that President Obama is not moving fast emouugh and that its President Obama's job to keep on offering spending cuts until Republicans are happy. All the while, the media ignores the fact that Boehner is repeatedly looking over his back, which is why Boehner is suddenly back pedaling during negotiations and insisting on permanent tax cuts for the rich.

Edit to add: Once again it is very easy to find stories detailing all of the Republican attacks on President Obama, but it was a bit tough to find this story about Nancy Pelosi's statements regarding Boehner or Van Hollan's comments that Boehner is dragging things out until after the Speaker vote, since he is so vulnerable and the Republicans see any deal with President Obama short of complete capitalation as selling out.

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