*Fiscal Cliff

Morning Roundup: "Scrambling" Edition

A look at the morning news shows Speaker Boehner is having a tough time finding the votes he needs for his “Plan B”… or rather Plan C or D, or whatever we’re up to at this point.

Politico: “The talks are stalled, and Boehner is scrambling to muscle his own bill through the House — a proposal the president has already promised to veto.”

Roll Call: “Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio struggled Wednesday to find the votes for anything that would prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff… Boehner’s test Thursday will be to show the White House and Democrats that he has some control over his unruly conference as time to produce a deal averting tax hikes and automatic spending cuts runs out.”

The Hill: “…as Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) scrambled for enough Republican votes to pass his backup tax plan over a presidential veto threat.”

Washington Post: “House GOP leaders scrambled to rally their members Wednesday behind a plan to extend tax cuts on income up to $1 million, defying President Obama’s veto threat and setting up a showdown that could send Washington over the year-end ‘fiscal cliff’.”

Whether it’s Plan B, C, or D, House Republicans aren’t moving the ball forward with this political exercise. As entertaining as it is to watch them argue amongst themselves, perhaps it’s time for them to abandon this political charade and get back to negotiations on a compromise.