CNN's GUT CHECK for January 2, 2013
January 2nd, 2013
05:32 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 2, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 2, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: HOUSE TO VOTE ON SANDY AID FRIDAY… SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER AND MAJORITY LEADER ERIC CANTOR IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT: “Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations. The House will vote Friday to direct needed resources to the National Flood Insurance Program. And on January 15th, the first full legislative day of the 113th Congress, the House will consider the remaining supplemental request for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.”

Debt Ceiling: Late February/early March… Treasury has said that the fiscal cliff made it hard to predict how much time its “extraordinary measures” will buy. Usually it’s about two months. Expect more guidance from Treasury, especially as we get closer. The United States was on track to hit the $16.394 debt ceiling limit on Dec. 31 without the extraordinary measures.
Sequester/Budget Cuts: March 1… The fiscal cliff bill pushes back the sequester to Friday, March 1. Without a change, President Obama must order the sequester in place on that day.
Gov. Spending Bill: March 27… The current bill funding most of the federal government runs out Wednesday, March 27. Read the write from Rich Barbieri

CLINTON UPDATE: Clinton said to be speaking with staff, active … Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been speaking with her staff – and is active on the phone from the hospital according to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

(Answer below)
What president made it known through the people who worked for him that he despised the "foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing”?

MARK (@PrestonCNN) & MICHELLE (@MJaconiCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s “yes” vote on the fiscal cliff legislation caught our eye.

Not just because his vote differed from Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and other potential 2016 hopefuls, but because of what he told our own Dan Merica right afterward:

CNN: “Why did you vote ‘yes’?”
RYAN: "If you want a bill to pass, you should vote for it."
CNN: “Why did you want it to pass?
RYAN: "I am not afraid of anything. I think it needed to pass."
CNN: Because?
RYAN: "Because it needed to pass. I wanted to stop a big tax increase."

Fearless? Or politically dangerous? A great debate among conservatives, insofar that Erick Erickson, editor in chief of Red State and CNN contributor, decided to write a piece debunking the “cult of Paul Ryan:”

“Paul Ryan is a creature of Washington. He was a Hill staffer. He was a think tanker. Then he went back as a congressman. While in Congress, he voted for ‘No Child Left Behind,’ the Prescription Drug Benefit, TARP, caps on CEO pay, the AIG bill, the GM bailout, the debt ceiling, and now the fiscal cliff. In fact, he is one of less than a dozen Republican congressmen to have voted for every bailout to come before Congress.

“Paul Ryan is a great spokesman. He offset Romney’s deficiencies well. He has some great ideas on entitlement reform. But he is a better spokesman for conservatism than he is a conservative member of Congress.

In his long career in Congress, Paul Ryan has often been pitted between the conservative rank and file and Republican leaders. He has never not chosen to go with leadership. Paul Ryan is a great guy. But he’s not really a leader. He’s more a follower of leaders.”

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: Republicans pledge to back Boehner, reversing earlier outrage
Certain Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they'll now vote for John Boehner's re-election as House Speaker, despite earlier offering uncertainty over whether they'd cast their vote for the top Republican. Rep. Michael Grimm, the freshman Republican who represents Staten Island, said he would "absolutely" vote for Boehner, hours after saying he would likely abstain when the House votes for the position on Thursday. – Deirdre Walsh and Ashley Killough

Leading Drudge: Played: $1 In Cuts For Every $41 In Taxes
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts. – Matthew Boyle for

Leading HuffPo: 'Defeat And Surrender' – Deal Sparks Conservative Freak-Out
As the House prepared to vote Tuesday evening on a Senate-passed bill to avert the fiscal cliff, prominent conservatives - both on and off Capitol Hill - lashed out. They considered the bill to be lousy and called each other sellouts and bad negotiators.

Leading Politico: GOP anti-tax policy goes over the cliff
Read their lips: Republicans just voted for higher taxes. Granted, it was with a large helping of Democratic aid in the House, where Speaker John Boehner and his GOP leadership spent a turbulent New Year’s Day and night dealing with a near-insurrection by rank-and-file lawmakers. Many House Republicans loathed the bill passed in the wee hours of New Year’s morning by the Senate, which raised taxes on Americans earning over $400,000 a year and lacked corresponding spending cuts. – Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman

Leading The New York Times: House G.O.P. Looks to a Round 2 Obama Hopes to Avoid
President Obama’s eyes narrowed late Tuesday as he looked into the cameras and warned Republicans that he had no intention of ever getting pulled into another negotiation over raising the nation’s borrowing limit.

The political bites of the day

- Christie: Boehner did not take my calls -
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE IN A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE HOUSE NOT VOTING ON SANDY RELIEF BILL: “In our hour of desperate need, we have been left waiting for help, six times longer than the victims of Katrina, with no end in sight. Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress, which places one upsmanship ahead of the lives of the citizens who sent these people to Washington, D.C. in the first place. New Jerseyians and New Yorkers are tired of being treated like second class citizens. New York deserves better than the selfishness we saw displayed last night. New Jersey deserves better than the duplicity we saw displayed last night. America deserves better than just another example of the government that has forgotten who they are there to serve and why. Sixty-six days and counting, shame on you, shame on Congress.”
On Speaker of the House John Boehner: “This was the speaker’s decision. His alone…. I called the Speaker four times last night after 11:20 and he did not take my calls.”

- After fiscal cliff, Republicans look forward to debt ceiling debate -
REPUBLICAN SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL OF KENTUCKY IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT TO THE PRESS: “Now that the House and Senate have acted in a bipartisan way to prevent tax increases on 99 percent of the American people, Democrats now have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to join Republicans in a serious effort to reduce Washington’s out-of-control spending. That’s a debate the American people want. It’s the debate we’ll have next. And it’s a debate Republicans are ready for. … Washington’s credit card has reached its limit again, and the Senate majority must act on legislation early in February—rather than waiting until the last minute, abdicating responsibility and hoping someone else will step in once again to craft a last-minute solution for them. Once the Senate passes bipartisan legislation, we can conference with the House on a solution. But this time the entire Senate must have an opportunity to act.”

- Conservative publication: cliff deal is not that bad -
THE NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE IN AN EDITORIAL: “Taxes are going up on almost everyone. The government is trying to extract additional revenue from the economy in the most economically damaging way possible, with tax-rate increases that undermine incentives to work, save, and invest. This is happening at a time when economic growth has been weak, and when many credible observers are concerned that its trend level has permanently declined. … Conservatives have every reason to be dismayed by this picture, and to seek to change it. It would be a mistake, however, to regard the fiscal-cliff deal that has just passed Congress as an important cause of these destructive trends. The deal actually makes federal budget policy slightly less disastrous.” LINK

What stopped us in 140 characters or less











On August 3, 1776, General George Washington issued orders that profanity was a “foolish and wicked practice.” His generals had earlier reported to him that the practice was “growing into fashion.” LINK

“He hopes the officers will, by example, as well as influence, endeavour to check it, and that both they, and the men will reflect, that we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety, and folly,” read the report. “Added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense, and character, detests and despises it.” (Kudos to CNN’s Kevin Liptak for finding this gem)

Washington issued this order during the heat of the American Revolution – just a day before, most of the American colonies ratified the Declaration of Independence and just a week or so later, Washington’s troops were defeated in Brooklyn.

It is unclear of what Washington’s order meant to his troops, but a story released last night by Politico is proof that swearing is still alive and well among the powerful in America. A Democratic source familiar with an exchange during the fiscal cliff negotiations between Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed to CNN that Boehner told Reid to “Go f*** yourself.”

The same Democratic source said that Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were sitting on a sofa in the White House when Boehner breezed in and delivered the line to Reid. Boehner's comment came after Reid took to the Senate floor on Thursday and characterized the House speaker's handling of his chamber as a "dictatorship."

Washington would not be happy.

(why aren’t you in it)

Steve Liguori (@SteveL3877) is a clever one. “I cannot tell a lie, Washington did it,” Steve tweeted. Congrats.

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Congress holds the "Purse Strings" not the President and this is info is only for those of you who don't know this already. There are currently more Republicans in Congress than Democrats and there is nothing wrong with that but this is an obstructive Congress.

    January 2, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. FOX NEWS: The dung beetle of journalism.

    Explain to me why the House GOP thinks they can withhold increasing the debt ceiling as a "leveraging position"?

    Explain to me the horror and financial mayhem that occurred the last time our rating slid from AAA?

    Oh wait, seems more folks bought our debt and actually LOWERED the interest yield!

    Yep, that will be a pretty big stick the GOP will be weilding to make President O cave to their will.

    I predict he will simply shrug, say let's default and shout across the Oval Office to Boehner "BFD"!.

    Then and only then, will Boehner and his bagger boiz, er, "young guns", understand they are so screwed!

    January 2, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Pete

    Well Christie exploded all over Boehner and republicans today and don't be surprised if Christie turns democrate in the future because I think he's had enough of republicans mainly Boehner and company and with republicans ignorence abounds doesn't it!!They've shown people nationwide how selfish,callus they are not working harder for the Sandy storm damaged region and that's enough to turn any voter that's been through any type of storm angry and people can't depend on government to lend a hand just like katrina its pathedic how republicans have to be politically cornered before doing anything positive for the populus of America ,how unamerican!!

    January 2, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Tell 'em Chris. I'm sick of the red states plus Alaska getting everything they want with no questions, but when one of the producer states needs help, the red state House members can't be bothered. Kick the baggers out in 2014.

    January 2, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The fat man has sung, and sung quite well.
    Nicely done Christie.

    January 2, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    Charlie Crist changed his registration, and there was Arlen Specter , (even though he's deceased) but there is others that have turned their registration to either Independent, or Democrat. To be perfectly honest – they aren't putting "country first" – they are putting their selves first. ( Hypocrisy at it's finest ) and it knows NO Bounds.

    January 2, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Chris has not figured out yet that for THIS congress it is more important to play politics then serve the people. Especially when those politics are aimed only to help the wealthiest.

    January 2, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Boehner, what a joke. Did he think all on his own or is he being told what to say the all the rest of the lemming republicans or did he get marching orders from their boss, Grover Norquest? All those “precious” tax cuts they wealthy got in 2004, they were ENTITLEMENTS.

    January 2, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Namecarol

    Shame on congress for not giving victims disaster relief. Now even if they pass it will several weeks until it's given.

    January 2, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Branson

    Christ is just doing his job of self promotion. No one in the country ever thought they were not going to get our money to rebuild. They had to take care of Obama's manafactured cliff and he only wanted to talk the last 5 days of the month. Of course all the expense of flying the inept, pompous POTUS to and from his home is of no concern. Our money is never a concern to the spendthrift and chief.

    January 2, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Get rid off all the GOP thugs in 2014.

    January 2, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Rod Lehmann

    It should be clearly obvious to Christie why Bohner refused to deal immediately with the Sandy relief bill. You think that the Republicans are going to cooperate with Christie after befriending Obama when he visited the disaster zone? You think that just maybe Christie is being blamed for Romney losing the presidency....these are petty politicians we're dealing with here? Too bad the Republicans can so soon forget who voted them into their senate seats. Christie was just being human. Too bad the congress is comprised of petty politicians.

    January 2, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Clayton W Davis

    The Republikan Right-Wingnut Whackos don't want LESS government, they want NO government. They seek to utterly destroy this country, because they believe that Wickedly Evil Forces have taken it over. Like, you know: People of color, Latinos, LGBTs, Asians, the disabled, the elderly, college graduates, and social workers. Just like Bevis and Butthead, they are ANARCHISTS. They see our Great, Multi-Cultural Society as a deadly threat against them. To them, victims of Hurrican SANDY are sniveling welfare beggars, looking for yet another government handout. My deepest thanks go out to all the extremist Republikan districts in America that sent our Congress this swarm of arrogant, sneering, slobbering Eric Cantors.

    January 2, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    Republicans have this day proved yet again it is party first and not the American people. Why?
    1)The Sandy bill non passage is a disgrace. No need to pussy foot around excuses all invalid. They have had plenty of time to pursue Rice, pass anti sequester bills but not do this bill. If they think there is pork they could have amended that out and sent it back to the Senate ages ago.
    2) Then we this nerd Mitch McConnel saying its debt and spending cuts only.... has he forgotten the whole platform of " comprehensive tax reform" his party platformed on =in the last election.
    3) He will no doubt raise the SS Cola adjustment change, they dropped currently.
    All of the above pretty well assure republicans lose the next House elections big time. and the Boston senate race coming up
    4) Clinton and Benghazi what on earth do they think they are going to learn beyond what has come out from multiple senate investigations.Hello idiots, she is smart enough to read all the relevant testimony and answer accordingly.
    Her questioning is pure political theater and achieves zilch!! Her reputation will not be Impugned in any significant way.

    January 2, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    @Pete, I was thinking the same thing as I watched Christie give his speech yesterday. He is NOT a republican. He needs to change parties even if to Independent.
    I wouldn't vote for him for President unless the Democrats were to put somebody like the mutant from AK to run against him (and I don't think we ever would – there can't be two like her in the world)
    Christie forgot to mention cantor by name though. He is more dangerous than the weeper of the house.

    January 3, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |