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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Nancy Pelosi's kabuki won't upset tax deal

By Jennifer Rubin

On Thursday, the Democratic House caucus told the president to take a hike on his tax deal. The soon-to-be minority leader Nancy Pelosi proclaimed: "We will continue discussions with the president and our Democratic and Republican colleagues in the days ahead to improve the proposal before it comes to the House floor for a vote." Don't believe a word of it.

Republican House leaders consider this to be a show for the Democratic base. An advisor to a Republican in leadership told me last night, "They will bring whatever gets through the Senate to the floor. This is all kabuki theater." Other Republicans on the Hill agree that the Democrats will have no choice but to bring the bill up on the House floor.

The episode is nevertheless revealing. Republicans are looking at the uprising on the Democratic side of the aisle with a mixture of bemusement and shock. A senior aide to a key Republican admits, "I don't really have a sense of how big their problems are, but I know they are very real." That is an assessment that's likely shared by the White House.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 10, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  House Democrats, Taxes  
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I figured it was all a show, but our media doesn't do a very good job of explaining that. Reading the headlines yesterday, you'd think the whole deal fell apart. Being a somewhat experienced observer as most on this blog, I assumed it was all BS for the base.

I think this week we've really seen what it means to elect such an inexperienced person to the Oval Office. Obama I'm sure is a smart and talented man, but he is an amateur political operator. He makes a deal with the GOP, and then insults them? And then in selling the deal to his friends, he insults them, and whines about how he is unappreciated by his base? Good God. I'd be embarrassed if my city councilman acted like this in public.

Posted by: jmpickett | December 10, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama is no longer leading his party and Clinton was called in to mediate. The Democratic party is close to blows but it's been coming for quite some time. The left hijacking the party hard and the POTUS trying to pull it back centrally so they have a prayer at the polls. The rest of us eat our popcorn and watch the show. I'm hoping the squabble lasts through the next election cycle. Nothing but more good news for Republicans.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 10, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Will someone explain to me how ethanol subsidies ended up in this tax compromise. According to Politico, that is what the White House gave the House Dems. Any Republican who votes for this should face a primary and be defeated.

Posted by: AIK72 | December 10, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

There will be no Bill until 2011,and that one will be ramrodded by Boehner,McConnell and the new crew. We can expect a fillabuster by "Ayn"Rand Paul,and opposition in the House from his Dad.
Beware of getting what you want.

Posted by: rcaruth | December 10, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse


I'm not a vote counter or anything, but I think they gets this done. Too many goodies being thrown around to pass it up. Hurt feelings will heal later.

Hey for all you Reps, Jennifer included, that are laughing now, wait till you see the fighting that goes on in YOUR party in the new Congress. Also those from the Tea Party side who thought they were voting for smaller governmment and deficits are in for some kind of rude awakening!

Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn will stroke out when they see themselves leading a parade without a band. The tax deal is only the beginning.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 10, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn will stroke out when they see themselves leading a parade without a band. The tax deal is only the beginning.
Posted by: 54465446

The silence from the Tea Party is awesome in the wake of this $800 Billion Dollar Bill.

Posted by: rcaruth | December 10, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer's Opinion:

"Obama is no fool. While getting Republicans to boost his own reelection chances, he gets them to make a mockery of their newfound, second-chance, post-Bush, tea-party, this-time-we’re-serious persona of debt-averse fiscal responsibility.
And he gets all this in return for what? For a mere two-year postponement of a mere 4.6-point increase in marginal tax rates for upper incomes. And an estate-tax rate of 35 percent — it jumps insanely from zero to 55 percent on Jan. 1 — that is somewhat lower than what the Democrats wanted"

Posted by: rcaruth | December 10, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Have you seen that Sarah Palin is now cozying up to Paul Ryan, by twitter of course. Wonder what he thinks about being the object of cougar-like affection?

Posted by: 54465446 | December 10, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"Morning Commentary
Alana Goodman - 12.10.2010 - 11:13 AM
Liberals may still be grumbling about Obama’s tax-cut deal with Republicans, but Charles Krauthammer argues that the president actually won the face-off with the GOP: “If Obama had asked for a second stimulus directly, he would have been laughed out of town. Stimulus I was so reviled that the Democrats banished the word from their lexicon throughout the 2010 campaign. And yet, despite a very weak post-election hand, Obama got the Republicans to offer to increase spending and cut taxes by $990 billion over two years. Two-thirds of that is above and beyond extension of the Bush tax cuts but includes such urgent national necessities as windmill subsidies.”

We now know Krauthammer's opinion on this great Republican victory,we also know that Paul Ryan is defending the bill in the WSJ,"It's not a Stimulus Bill"LOL
But what we don't know is our Jennifer's opinion,we do know that she believes the bill will pass,but Jennifer,is Krauthammer or is Ryan correct on this Bill? Jennifer's replacement at Contentions hasn't shared her opinion either.

Posted by: rcaruth | December 10, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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