I am an agnostic when it comes to the fiscal cliff/slope/curb/grassy knoll deal. I'm not sure that I like it BUT I am also sick and tired of the teahadists in the House taking the economy hostage as if it were an Embassy or something. I'm waiting to see what happens when the next round starts before shooting from the lip, hip or any other orifice. No instant analysis from me this time around, unless Nancy Smash starts fretting publicly about what comes next.
I am, however, fascinated by the maneuvering and intercine strife on the GOP side. Majority Malaka Cantor seems to be erasing the entries marked Boner on his dance card. I'm not sure if he's coup plotting but he's keeping his distance from the weakest Speaker in recent memory. Speakers such as Carl Albert, John McCormack, and Denny Hastert were not exactly dynamic and charismatic but they had helpful chairmen, majority leaders, and whips. Speaker Boner has the weaselly Cantor instead.
Cantor may not be ready to plunge the dagger all the way up to the hilt BUT he *has* inflicted a series of cuts this week that, at the very least, have Boehner bleeding and as pale as a guy who uses too much spray tan can be. We all know that Cantor wouldn't carry the Speaker's tune of the cliff/slope/curb bill but he's also pointing a boney finger of blame at Boner for the Hurricane Sandy aid bill fiasco:
At a press conference in New York, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters Wednesday that he’s “distraught” and “angry” over the House’s failure to hold a vote, blaming it on a House GOP “leadership squabble.” He said Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has been “truly helpful” in piecing together the package and blamed Boehner.
“Cantor has been very much for us, but Speaker Boehner … pulled the rug out from under us,” Schumer said. “It’s a Boehner betrayal.”
A Cantor aide affirmed that the majority leader has been pushing for the package.
“Majority Leader Cantor is committed to ensuring the urgent needs of New York and New Jersey residents are met, and he has been working tirelessly toward that goal,” the aide told TPM.
So, will the Boehner betrayal lead to a Cantor coup? I think the odds are 50-50 but if Cantor is as snakily shrewd as he seems, he'll let Boner bleed slowly to death instead of moving immediately. Who the hell would want to be in charge of the fractious and ideologically idiotic House GOP caucus, after all?
Since I've used a lot of bloody imagery, I'll let the Rolling Stones have the last word, since we all need someone we can bleed on: