Sen. Reid's fiscal cliff counter-offer: Now you see it, now you don't!

There has been quite a bit of confusion today about the status of fiscal cliff negotiations on Capitol Hill. Earlier today, the National Journal and other news outlets reported that Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told the press he had made a counter-offer to Republicans.

We now know, however, that Reid did not make any such offer. It was merely an “off the cuff” comment, not to be taken seriously:

Further explaining Reid’s misstatement, the Reid spokesman said that Sen. Reid was being “rhetorical.” This elicited a bit of pushback from NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell:

It’s all pretty amusing, except for the part where our taxes go up in a few days.

  • don3ham

    Drop them all in a ditch and leave them there.

    • tredglx

      There’s laws against littering, you know.

      • Justin Mars

        We need to put them in the sewer with the rest of the waste.

    • kch50428

      A ditch is too good for ’em.

    • Josephine (D)

      I think they should all get swirlies….with stuff in the toilet.

  • DavidKramer

    If anyone believes that the Democrats are going to take this seriously needs to get their head examined. The Democrats want all taxes to go up, that is their plan. Anyone that pays taxes makes too much in the view of the lefties. If you are not on the government teat, you make too much.

  • tredglx

    To 0bama, Reid and the Dems it’s all fun and games, just a great big giggle, and at the expense of the GOP – so they think.
    In reality, it’s at the expense of every American. And the sad thing is, they don’t give a damn. As long as they get their way, they could not be less concerned with the effect on the average American and their paycheck.

    • Wary

      Hang on Republicans voted for FISCAL CLIFF in 2011 Budget Control act! Matter of fact MORE Republican in House voted for it than Democrats! Republicans in total disarray in the house couldn’t voted on Boehners Plan D Now McConnell put in Chained CPI THEN Sen GOPs BACKED out of it.

      • SpinMeNot

        Yes they did vote for it, and any bill that passes the House of Representatives by definition must have more Republicans voting for it rather than Democrats, or it wouldn’t pass the house. The Dems are the minority after all.

        Boehner didn’t have a plan D … just a plan B … what the heck are you talking about? The vast majority of the Republicans in the House that voted against Plan B did so because it included a tax rate increase on the so-called Rich and failed to cut spending in a meaningful fashion. To reduce the deficit, spending must be below revenue — Plan B didn’t do this. Let us also consider that BHO promised to veto it, regardless.

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    • Penmar

      Well, thanks to Obama rescinding the freeze on gov’t pay raises, THEY at least will be getting raises.

      • Zane Henry

        Just like the Chicago teachers’ union….Economy in a shambles? Time to demand a 20% raise!

  • Ltb537

    They want this, they are after our
    Money, then after our guns, then the rest of our Constitutional Rights

  • nc

    Is there some legal reason they can’t use professional mediators? It wouldn’t be binding, and would still be voted as usual, but it might cut through some of the chest puffery.

    • AMERICAN Kafirâ„¢(KAdams)

      They are trying to maintain their celebutard status. Who needs politics when you can just be a superstar like Preezy Obeezy… Look how far it’s gotten him!

    • Red Fred

      Now that’s a pitiful state of affairs! Elected officials better start doing what is best for this country. Best and brightest in the nation can’t do their jobs, work through their staff and never get a vote on the floor. It’s beyond ridiculous, Tired of this nonsense. Poor performers at best. Accountability Washington, accountability, reasonable negotiating, and responsibility to the citizens of this nation depending upon you.

  • Annie Willoughby

    Reid lied!!!!!????

    • orringtonmom (D)

      i know… i had to read that more than once to believe it myself.

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Dear God, I just can’t believe it! Next you’ll be telling me there’s been a cover-up about Fast & Furious!

  • stuckinIL4now

    The status of the cliff negotiations is that everyone’s taking a break tonight to watch the Redskins/Cowboys battle bcuz THAT is important and there WILL be a resolution to that tonight.

  • Rico Mapster

    Every working American, should change their Federal withholding form to exempt, first thing on Wednesday morning.

  • SpinMeNot

    The CBO projects a 5% contraction in economic output, and an increase in unemployment to 10.1% — which are based on the bogus numbers from the Obama administration; so what we can expect is probably 7-8% contraction in economic output and bogus unemployment numbers that ignore people no longer looking for work, to the 13% range.

    But the government will grow, in order to implement Feinstein’s gun control bill. I fully expect Boehner to cave and allow a vote on it in the house. He needs to start playing by Dirty Harry’s rules. Time to toss out the rules of engagement and go hard core on them.

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    The lib “newspeak” for out and out LYING has a new definition, “off the cuff”.

    “I do not think it means what you think it means”.

    Not being a liberal myself, I can only surmise that liberals re-define word’s meanings and hear racial “dog whistles” because their ears and craniums are filled with horse sh!t.

    • hbnolikeee

      That and misspoke are two of my favorites.

    • HARP2

      Someone should give him a “cuff” upside the head.

  • hbnolikeee

    Reid is a lying sack of excrement and that is not an off the cuff remark it’s a down the toilet with this turd remark.

  • BeeKaaay

    There are no counteroffers from the side that refuses to negotiate. Why would Marxists negotiate with anyone else?

  • Joe W.

    Without Vaseline.