Aw bless, Politico’s not happy 😥

House Republicans caved to President Barack Obama’s demand for a two-month payroll tax cut extension, ending an impasse that threatened to raise taxes on 160 million Americans.

The capitulation came fast Thursday afternoon as House Republicans found themselves increasingly isolated in insisting that a full one-year extension was the only solution to the year-end crisis. The end of this debate will also come quickly – the House and Senate are expected to clear the legislation on a voice vote Friday morning.




President Obama:

“For the past several weeks, I’ve stated consistently that it was critical that Congress not go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million working Americans. Today, I congratulate members of Congress for ending the partisan stalemate by reaching an agreement that meets that test.

“Because of this agreement, every working American will keep his or her tax cut – about $1,000 for the average family.  That’s about $40 in every paycheck.  Vital unemployment insurance will continue for millions of Americans who are looking for work. And when Congress returns, I urge them to keep working to reach an agreement that will extend this tax cut and unemployment insurance for all of 2012 without drama or delay.

“This is good news, just in time for the holidays. This is the right thing to do to strengthen our families, grow our economy, and create new jobs.  This is real money that will make a real difference in people’s lives.  And I want to thank every American who raised your voice to remind folks in this town what this debate was all about.  It was about you. And today, your voices made all the difference.”



Now, get yourself to Hawaii Mr President:

President Barack Obama plays golf at the Kaneohe Klipper Marine Golf Course in Oahu, Hawaii, Dec. 26, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

105 Responses to “deal”

  1. 1 Julie
    December 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Once again, the President is the master of the moment. 🙂


  2. December 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    But but but the Iowa Governor said…

  3. 5 Ashley
    December 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Am I first? I am glad that a deal has been made PBO needs to go home relax and rest with his family.

    • 6 luci1119
      December 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Hiya everybody, I just want to say again, Pbo Is playing Chess, and he plays It ohhhh so well. I just love you President Obama, I can’t help but love ya’. What a great Christmas present that the Rethugs gave him. Obama/Biden 2012, and YES WE CAN 🙂 🙂

  4. 7 hopefruit2
    December 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you Mr. President! Have a safe and Happy Holiday with your family.

  5. 9 hopefruit2
    December 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    From Twitter:

    LarrySabato Larry Sabato
    Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum fail to make Virginia GOP ballot (March 6).
    31 minutes ago

  6. 20 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I think a repost of the Quote O’ The Day is in order :mrgreen:

    “I’m always best as a counterpuncher. You know, if somebody comes at me, I will knock them out. If not then I’ll try to understand their point of view. That actually serves me well. I give people the benefit of the doubt. I try to understand their point of view. If I perceive that they try to take advantage of that, then I will crush them.”

    –from New Hampshire newspaper editorial board interview, 2007

  7. 32 hopefruit2
    December 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    DWS tweets:

  8. 33 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Nice to see the word “cave” used in this manner. 😆

    Now — Air Force One awaits. Woot! 😎

  9. 34 lovingandlaughing
    December 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hip, Hip Hooray!

  10. 35 AnitaW
    December 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I bet the RW blogs are furious and are calling for Boehner’s head. Almost like that scene in Braveheart.

  11. 39 Pamela
    December 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    ‘Bout bloody time too! Well Done, Mr. President, Aloha, have a joyfilled reunion with your family, and please get some rest!

  12. 40 FiredUpInCA
    December 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm


    “Just under two years ago, House Republicans, including some of the party’s more conservative members, were arguing that a two-month payroll tax holiday would “effectively stimulate” the economy. […]

    The January 2009 bill sponsored by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and backed by 56 House Republicans, including current presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), is not identical to the one that is currently being considered. It called for a complete payroll tax holiday, meaning the tax rate would be reduced to zero. The current version, meanwhile, would keep the rate at 4.2 percent, rather than allow it to return to the pre-2010 level of 6.2 percent.

    To be sure, those differences matter when it comes to tax policy, but they don’t detract from the larger point as it relates to the current, ongoing debate. Yesterday, House Republicans repeatedly stressed several specific points: (1) a two-month break creates economic “uncertainty”; (2) a two-month break wouldn’t make a significant enough economic difference; and (3) “governing in two-month increments” is inherently misguided.

    But as recently as 2009 — not exactly ancient history — several dozen House Republicans believed the exact opposite. Indeed, they even believed a payroll tax break, even just a two-month break, would give the economy a significant boost.


    This flip-flopping, hypocritical behavior happens so often with the GOP that it is almost becoming tiresome to point it out. The conduct of Republicans in Washington makes me wonder why many of them attended school beyond kindergarten since they stay stuck there.

  13. 41 debbyeOh
    December 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Well played Sir, well played. Now you can go to Hawaii and enjoy your beautiful family!

  14. 42 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I just think it’s SO delicious how PBO (and Democrats under his leadership) have totally co-opted the issue of taxes. Along with foreign policy, taxes were Republican dominion. Quite amazing.

    • December 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      As I said in the previous thread, PBO isn’t playing the short game. He uses bipartisanship as a club with which to beat the GOP over the head, because he knows that the only bipartisans in DC are the Dems. All that he’s done over the past 3 years is to show that fact again and again, that the GOP doesn’t want to work in a bipartisan fashion for the good of all Americans, but only in its own narrow interests, to the point where that meme is gaining critical mass, and the common voter is seeing it through all the GOP spin and MSM enabling. He doesn’t actually want to work with the GOP; he wants to neuter it for a generation, until such time as it can be a responsible conservative party, or gets replaced by one that can.

  15. 49 Brian
    December 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Does Rusty realize his own irony when he describes “doing what’s right for the American people” as “even thought it’s what we want”?

    In vino veritas?

  16. December 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    HEY! I don’t think Bo can go to Hawaii. He has to be quarantined for 30 days, prior to him being loose on the Island.
    Thus, me thinks he is staying behind in DC.

  17. 58 ML
    December 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    God bless our great President, Harry Reid, and the other Democrats that stood firm. Keep them safe as they travel to join their families. Give them rest, your true peace to recover, and bring them back strong to battle on.

  18. December 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    YES WE CAN. Thanks go out to the American people who responded for eloquently and so forcefully to this fiasco. And thanks to our POTUS who stands tall with compassion and conviction. BRAVO!!!!

  19. December 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    gopolitico’s butthurt headlines

    GOP caves to Obama on payroll tax

    Loving it.

    Happy HOLIDAYS, Mr President .

  20. December 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Bravo. The president really had this one. Now that is leadership.

  21. 72 maritza
    December 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Rep. Eric Cantor And Sen. McCain Bash Obama For Christmas Shopping (VIDEO)


    Me here:
    Cantor and McCain just want President Obama to go back to Kansas or Kenya just as much as they would send my brown husband back to “Mexico”. I am not as brown or “Mexican looking” so hopefully they will spare me from deportation so that I can go and fight to get my “brown-USMC-Vietnam-Vet” out jail or wherever the brown people are detained.

  22. 73 dotster3
    December 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I am mad about this—–I was loving the good news that someone posted in last thread re. In. Sec. of State being removed from office because of voter fraud +, and the Dem candidate would assume the office, encouraging news for Obama to again win Indiana, no Repub shenanigans to deal with. And so I check on the Dem there—–looks to be a cool, accomplished AA guy, graduate of Carnegie Mellon, masters in architecture and urban planning from Columbia—Vop Osili, a hometown guy, successful career and active in community service. NOW I see they have sought an emergency stay—–seeking “relief” from the ruling today, which would mean that the corrupt Repub would stay in office while the legal case plays out.

  23. December 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I don’t think Rusty will hit the bars. I think he’ll just go to his own well-stocked abode and drink until he’s comatose while watching a John Hughes flick from the 80s.

  24. 78 maritza
    December 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Chips, would you please bail me out of jail? Thank you in advance.

  25. December 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    looks like I missed the fun, but we did it, guys!!! Thank you Dems and PBO!!!

  26. December 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Rev Al is hilarious!! He has the rightwing chorus!!! hgahahahahhahahahahha!!

  27. 85 anniebella
    December 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I’m happy for the people who taxes will not go up January 1st, and who will not be losing their unemployment benefits. That is what it was all about to President Obama, it was not about some politic victory. The debate will start up all over again in afew months, and I want our President to continue to stand up for the middle class and working poor. Last but not least, I hope the President will be on his way to Hawaii soon to be with his family for Christmas.

  28. 86 Cha
    December 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Yes! Now get yourself off to Hawai’i Mr President! Thanks Chips for all the News in such a beautifully crafted presentation!~

  29. 87 relellit
    December 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I am so glad that drunk John Boehnor looked like a punk in his press interview now that he had to bring the payroll tax cut up for a vote.

    Speaker John Boehnor had to blink because Mitch McConnell, the one who said his main job was to “Make President Obama A Obama Term President”; told John Bone -Aire to. The RepubliCONs have become very transparent and very nervous.

    Bad Karma is coming back to the RepubliCONS. Bad Karma is a b^%$# when it comes back around.

    President Obama organized the hell out of America from coast to coast; so much so the tea party copied it and they still can’t touch him.

    President Obama is standing strong like a tall warrior not conceding to another ridiculous hostage crisis the Republicans created .

    That is what a leader looks like.

  30. December 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Maybe if Newt wore his man-kini he’d get bigger crowds? Just kidding…..

    Happy that the President can now enjoy the Holidays with his family and close friends.

  31. December 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Before I could switch stations, Fineman came on Tweety and said the Teaparty gave PBO “arguably his biggest political victory…” WFT!!!!???????!!!!! ahhhhhh:
    – Wall Street Reform
    -Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
    -Must I fucking go on?!!!!! Coward Fineman is the biggest fuck alive!!!

    • 90 Linda
      December 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      I don’t like him either…but maybe he meant the New TeaParty Republicans in the House ?

      • December 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

        he meant that this win is probably PBO’s biggest victory in 3 years. That’s bullshit. ——- sorry for the language Linda. The aggression underlying it isn’t directed at you, but at that tool Coward.

        • December 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

          I disagree with him but I can see Fineman’s point. When you have Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell and almost the entire Republican establishment begging Boehner to get this thing over with that’s huge. When’s the last time Republicans went on TV and admitted they were getting their clocks cleaned?

        • 93 nospin
          December 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm

          I agree lisalovesobama

  32. 94 Linda
    December 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Scott Brown sucking up on TeaNN

  33. 97 FiredUpInCA
    December 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    This is victory is whole and total.

    The fact that middle and working class Americans won’t see there taxes go up is the primary victory. This is also a victory in triumphant, pitch-perfect, sustained messaging by the President and the Democratic party.

    Nobody who has been paying close or even intermittent attention can claim the White House has a messaging problem. May that meme rest in peace.

    From calling Mitt out for saying the payroll tax cut was “just a band-aid,” to the countdown clocks showing when Americans taxes would go up courtesy of the House, to today’s presser of the President backed by ordinary Americans contrasting with John Boehner backed by no one, it is clear that the White House knows how to create a clear, succinct message (‘Tell Congress what $40 means to you.’) and stay on it relentlessly.

    The evidence is out there to confirm this:

    “Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist, also expressed frustration that despite his party’s spending victories this year, they enter 2012 risking a voter backlash.

    “The White House is winning the spin wars,” O’Connell said. “The White House message that Republicans are the party of Wall Street and the rich is gaining more ground than any message the Republicans have.

    “I think it is going to be more difficult for the Republican Party than the Democratic Party next year because the spin coming out of the White House is that the Republicans are unwilling to compromise. If the Republicans don’t sharpen their message, they could suffer at the ballot box.”


    Re: Polling

    “A Pew Research Center survey released last week found that by nearly a 2-to-1 ratio, 40 percent to 23 percent, voters said Republican leaders are more to blame that Democratic leaders for what the pollsters called the “do-nothing Congress.”

    A Reuters-Ipsos poll this month found voters favor a generic Democratic candidate for Congress over a Republican one, 48 percent to 42 percent.”

    Shorter, the White has got this.


    • December 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm


      This is also a victory in triumphant, pitch-perfect, sustained messaging by the President and the Democratic party.

      Nobody who has been paying close or even intermittent attention can claim the White House has a messaging problem. May that meme rest in peace.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm


  35. 100 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Oh yeah baby!!!!!!! GOP Caves!!!! 🙂

  36. December 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    While all of the chit chatter among the MSM peons was going on and while people were blogging irrelevant, undereducated rants about the payroll tax issue, I was “whistling”… you know “that” whistle… in a tone that signifies that you ain’t worried about a damn thing. The Repugnantcans are simply ridiculous (emphasis on “simple”) and are only made significant by the 24-7 MSM anti-muckrakers and political neophytes who over dramatize and misinterpret every ignorant, care-less move they make. I’m so sick of the GOTP that I have to spray Pepto Bismol on my T.V. screen just to watch anything about their moronic, spite-filled behavioral modus operandi. What a SERIOUS waste of time AND space they are.

    And how “some” people can continue to vote for them, which is essentially a vote against their own SELF interests defies logic, reason, and common sense. If ignorance “is” bliss, then the GOTP constituency SHOULD BE ecstatic.

    So Happy Holidaze everyone. Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards All… even the right wing ding-a-lings. LOL


  37. 102 halo
    December 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm


  38. 103 vitaminlover
    December 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Godspeed, Mr. President, Sir.

  39. December 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    LL, my sentiments exactly…..What a shift it is! You cannot tell me that this intelligent, caring, brilliant President knew all along that there is no bipartisian government in Washington. The repugs had no intention of playing fair. But…….now, President Obama has made them look so ridiculously stupid they NEED to get out of town to rethink and regroup. So I guess the koch bros. will have another :scret” meeting on the “secret” moutain over the holidays to pump them up again by raising more billions of $$$$$. Because they still don’t get it. They are slaves to their privileged elite power. They are pathetic and losers.

    It’s time for us to educate voters as our President has and is educating us. What a lesson! What a teacher!…….TEACH, TEACHER!

  40. 105 nospin
    December 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    The republicans finally did something that was in the best interest of the people.

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