With the House tonight scrapping an expected vote on Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” to deal with the fiscal cliff, Boehner finds himself embarrassed at best, and possibly in danger of losing his leadership position. President Obama’s supporters are emboldened by the spectacular collapse of Plan B, some to a disturbing degree.
Progressive talker David Shuster, for example, says that now is the time for “no compromise” from the White House.
Tonight’s vote was pulled after Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor failed to cobble together enough support to go ahead with a vote. With friends like that, Boehner had better toughen up if he hopes to take on opponents like these. The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber is right about pain, but we’re afraid we’re all going to feel it soon enough.