GOP Caves on Payroll Tax
If you follow politics the only question you can ask is: Why?
Why did the GOP House feel the need to push for a 1 year extension of the payroll tax?
Clearly the Dems had time on their side. The Senate side of the GOP was even tossing bombs at their brothers\sisters on the House side for not passing the 2 month extension and move on.
So, trying to read between the lines a bit, what does this show?
1) The Tea Party still hasn’t figured out how to fit in.
Just like folks who follow Religion, they stand on their principles based on faith that they are right and making a deal (any deal) is selling yourself short. Sometimes that’s OK. However, it usually means you are not going to get out of the way of the moving car when it’s speeding at you.
In the real world, there is give and take. Even more so in Politics. The Senate side of the GOP (who have 6 year terms and are less affected by the Tea Party) could see the car coming and was shouting for the House to get out of the way. Now they are all effected by the wreck.
2) Boehner can’t control the house.
If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now.
Boehner didn’t get to this position without knowing a train wreck when he sees one. The Tea Party just won’t follow the GOP leadership. So Boehner was stuck with either following the Tea Party or having the GOP looking like a house divided to the public. In the end, Boehner made the choice that fighting this and losing looks better than giving the GOP the image of fighting among themselves.
It’s clear to me that Barack Obama needs to win back the White House. He’s a weak President to be sure, but the best way for this country to get back on track is to pry the GOP away from the crazy folk and that’s the Tea Party and Religion. That’s only going to start happening if they lose to a weak President in a bad economy.
The issue clearly is the rank and file of the GOP has moved away from the center position. It’s going to take the GOP getting its butt kicked for them to start to see that their base is not going to carry them forward in the future.