I liked Bohner's compromise proposal taxing millionaires.
Yes, I know it was unfair and counterproductive, but it had the potential to win the PR battle with the President. Once the Senate refused to consider it, or the president refused to sign it, it might actually sink in to some exactly how hysterical is the Democrat's position on taxes. It had the air of compromise while drastically limiting the scope of the damage. And it had the potential to weaken the President's hand.
Instead the younger, more conservative members rejected the plan and now we are nowhere.
The tax hikes will be successfully blamed on Republicans too concerned with protecting their rich donors and now it can be said they are so corrupt as to not even raise taxes on the minute number of Americans making more than $1 million. Meanwhile we careen over the cliff and very likely trigger a double-dip recession -- which again will be blamed on Republican recalcitrance.
Americans will be furious and the battle lines will be exactly the same as they are now, except that more Americans will be paying attention. The President will go on television every day begging the Republicans to stop protecting their rich friends.
It strikes me that Boehner had a very good sense of the politics of the moment, but he no longer speaks for his caucus and after this latest debacle could well be out of a job.