On Jan. 1, when the fiscal cliff bill reached the House, Speaker John Boehner should have held up all 48 pages of favors requested by the president on live television and called on the president to strip them from the bill."Time To Demand An End To Wasteful Federal Spending." By Betsy McCaughey, Investor's Business Daily, 1/8/13.
That he did not do.
To the same effect:
"Why the House GOP rejected the disaster relief bill." By Lawrence Auster, View from the Right, 1/7/13.
There's no fight in Republicans. McCain was a cipher who raised none of the obvious issues about Obama, his constitutional ineligibility being the main one and, oh, Obama's wanting to create a massive, unprecedented, unconstitutional federal civilian police force being another.
Romney had an intensity and energy about him but it wasn't an inner combativeness. He was hyper prepped for one particular debate and then reverted to type. A decent human being let it be said.
Did House Speaker Boehner make a coherent, short case for acting to avert the fiscal catastrophe looming over us? No. It was a completely missed opportunity to stake out Republican territory. Today, voters are none the wiser and Obama got to make the bogus take-away point of "fairness."