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“Hindsight is 20-20”: Boehner Regrets His Fiscal Cliff Strategy

sleroi Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 5:04 PM
The difference is Gingrich had the nerve to force a govt. shutdown. It wasn't the popular thing, and cost him dearly, but it was the right thing to do, and he has no regrets about it. Gingrich was not perfect, he is weak on immigration and the climate for instance, but he succesfully regained control of the house and pressured the administration to enact things like welfare reform. Despite all of Gingrich's flaws, Boehner is not one iota of the Speaker Gingrich was.

After the fiscal cliff deal was reached, House Speaker John Boehner made it very clear that he was done negotiating directly with President Obama. Not surprisingly, Boehner’s promise of a new strategy going forward has to do with regrets over how he handled the cliff negotiations.

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...