Despite the Republican caucus’s unanimity, the Obama Administration singled out two congressmen for blame: Rep. Allen West of Florida, and Illinois’s own Joe Walsh.
White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer blamed West, Walsh and other Tea Partiers for undermining an agreement House Speaker John Boehner had struck with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The payroll tax cut extension passed the Senate, 89-10.
“You don't get 89 votes for something like this without there being a complete understanding [that] the House Republican leadership was on board,” Pfeiffer told MSNBC. “Speaker Boehner got on the phone with his caucus, tried to sell it, we had a Tea Party revolt.”
Obama Blames Walsh For Defeating Payroll Tax Cut Extension | NBC Chicago
In an interview with the conservative website Newsmax, Walsh said he voted against the bill because a two-month extension is “not workable” for businesses. House Republicans want a year-long extension.
That video of Walsh telling "President Obama, quit lying." must have really stung! It did by the way, shut Obama down, and nary a word was further heard from him on suspension of SSA checks.
Forget Duckworth and Krishnamoorthi, Obama's getting in the ring with Walsh. That's gotta be dumb presidential politics shining the spotlight on the humdrum burbs Northwest of Chicago. Great story for us bloggers... and Walsh.