Thank God


We can save the throwdown for the 2012 budget, where it belongs.

And, as Jennifer Rubin pointed out:

notice how irrelevant Obama was- deal announced without him, forged with out him.. if anything his veto nearly screwed up whole thing

And more:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has, as Right Turn predicted, a deal, and not just any deal. According to reports, the outlines of a deal include $39 billion in spending cuts and withdrawal of the Planned Parenthood rider. In the end, as Boehner said, it was about money. He got Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to buy the rider, one his caucus was willing to give up, for another billion dollars. The enormousness of the win for Boehner shouldn’t be underestimated, if the deal holds. He didn’t divide his caucus; he kept it together. He didn’t take “no” for an answer ( as in “Not a penny in cuts”); through the course of the year he got a total of $49 billion in cuts. So how’d he do it?

As I’ve reported, Negotiation 101 tells us that a good negotiator gets the other side to “buy” something your own side doesn’t care all that much about. You keep two issues open and trade them off at the end.

Boehner did have something going for him: a completely incompetent White House.

3 Responses to “Thank God”

  1. […] The Greatest Disaster In The History Of Mankind That Is Totally The Republicans’ Fault has been averted. Yay. The Democrats had to move a lot farther than they wanted to down that “mean […]

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  3. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Well, at least we’ve got them talking about “cuts” – now we just need to redefine “cuts” from “cuts in increases” to “cuts in SPENDING.”

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