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John Boehner’s bad week just got worse. And it’s only Tuesday.
Democrats are the least of House Speaker John Boehner's worries.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Democrats are the least of House Speaker John Boehner's worries.

John Boehner’s bad week just got worse. And it’s only Tuesday.

  • What’s wrong with John Boehner’s fiscal cliff counteroffer? 1) It doesn’t fully avert the fiscal cliff; 2) It makes little sense; and 3) It’s not actually a proposal. Just a few things, really. (Josh Barro)
  • A key difference in the White House and GOP plans? “Republicans envision $1 trillion more in spending cuts than Obama has proposed, while Obama wants $800 billion more in tax increases and $200 billion in measures to boost the sluggish economy.” (Reuters)
  • Poll: Who gets the blame if we go over the fiscal cliff? House Republicans—53%; President Obama—27% (Washington Post)
  • Boehner kept calling it the “Bowles Plan”, after Erskine Bowles of “Simpson-Bowles” fame. Bowles: The Speaker’s plan “does not represent the Simpson-Bowles plan, nor is it the Bowles plan.” (Erskine Bowles)
  • VIDEO: Bowles, however, isn’t concerned about the fiscal cliff talks: “I’m not a bit worried that it appeared, on the surface, that Secretary Geithner and the speaker didn’t make any progress last week. You know, that’s just the Kabuki theater you go through in each one these.” (starts at ~ 6:05) (PBS NewsHour)
  • Boehner is purging far right members who won’t play ball from committee assignments. (First Read)
  • And that’s not sitting well with far-right organizations like the Heritage Foundation and the Club for Growth. (Politico)
  • Oh, and did we mention Dick Armey is unceremoniously leaving his position at FreedomWorks, a major Tea Party group? Yeah, it’s nasty out there for Republicans. (Mother Jones)
  • How bad is the internecine warfare? This bad: “As the sun rises this morning we can look at John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy and know the opposition is not just across the aisle, but in charge of our own side in the House of Representatives.” (Erick Erickson)
  • One reason: establishment Republicans are worried about far right primary challengers. “Privately, many Republicans have expressed emotions ranging from annoyance to hopelessness to unmitigated rage at the tea party groups.” (Roll Call)
  • Part of the problem: The job of Speaker of the House ain’t what it used to be. (Matt Lewis)
  • Newt Gingrich is the next politico to appear on Parks and Recreations--and by total accident. (Vulture)
  • “[Assad’s] mood is that he will be killed anyway ... If he will try to go, to leave, to exit, he will be killed by his own people … If he stays, he will be killed by his opponents. He is in a trap. It is not about Russia or anybody else. It is about his physical survival.” (The New York Times)
  • U.S. is worried Bashar al-Assad may resort to chemical warfare to beat back rebels. (Businessweek)
  • President Obama is quietly working on another big deal: Climate change. (Businessweek)
  • Romney’s chief strategist doesn’t regret the campaign’s stance on immigration. The campaign manager, on the other hand, does. No election, still dysfunctional. (The Caucus)
  • “Top Republicans tell us [Paul] Ryan tried to push his ideas for a more creative 'war on poverty' during the presidential campaign but was muzzled by nervous Nellies at Mitt Romney’s Boston headquarters who didn’t see an immediate political payoff. So Ryan seethed when the “47 percent” tape emerged.” (Politico)
  • Oh, by the way: Has anyone seen Arizona’s anti-immigration, firebrand, finger-pointing governor, Jan Brewer? She’s missing. (The Washington Post)