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:

https://twitter.com/ajconwashington/status/285505856135630848

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:

https://twitter.com/KellyO/status/285506007734566912

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

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