Later this afternoon, President Barack Obama will meet with Democratic congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) along with their Republican counterparts Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) hoping to avert going over the highly publicized “fiscal cliff.”
With the White House previously noting how stagnant the talks between them and Speaker Boehner have been in recent weeks, many are pessimistic about whether these last minute talks will serve as anything more than theater cheaper than the tickets for the first Madea play.
As Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) explained to NBC News: [The meeting] ”doesn’t feel like anything that’s very constructive is going to happen. It feels more like optics than anything that’s real.” And Robert Costa of the National Review reported that at least three of the GOP senators he’s spoken to believe we’re heading over the fiscal cliff regardless of this afternoon’s meeting.
In response to Boehner’s Senate quip, Reid said on the Senate floor:
“We are here in Washington working while the members of the House of Representatives are out watching movies and watching their kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. They should be here. I can’t imagine their consciences.”
But, but, but: It’s Christmas, sir. A time for peach cobbler and consumerism. Who has time for a conscience?
Reid went on to accuse Boehner with being more interested in maintaining his role as Speaker of the House than actually getting meaningful legislative done that would settle fears that the United States was about to turn off its ringer to ignore the global bill collectors who’ll soon come calling. Reid also claimed that Boehner was running the Senate like a dictator.
Well, that’s not true because Hugo Chavez would never allow his minions to embarrass him the way House Republicans have made a fool of Speaker Boehner. Nonetheless, the majority of the blame belongs to him.