Unfortunately, Boehner squandered the opportunity.
He did not negotiate well.
He did not even organize his own caucus for the fight.
Instead of his boneheaded Plan B, Boehner gave us Plan C -- for "chaos."
A significant -- make that definitional -- percentage of the House Republican Caucus does not appear to see Boehner as a legitimate leader.
They are, for all intents and purposes, right.
The American people voted for a Democratic Congress on November 6.
What the American people got, however, is a Republican House. That's how our system works sometimes. The trouble is that, with the Republicans came John Boehner. And the trouble with Boehner is that he lacks the external and internal legitimacy that is required for a "leader" to lead.
For more on the fiscal cliff, read Dean Baker on the chained CPI proposition.
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