Your daily jolt: Tom Price for Speaker?

Good morning from inside the Beltway. I’m Daniel Malloy, the DC Correspondent for the AJC and your Insider guest pilot for the next three weeks (or at least until the fiscal cliff drama ends). Galloway handed over the keys reluctantly and made me promise not to scuff it while he’s gone. I’ll do my best. Please send news tips, gripes and corrections to dmalloy@ajc.com.

We begin with a piece from National Review Online’s Robert Costa, impeccably well-sourced in Republican circles, positing a run by Roswell’s own Rep. Tom Price for Speaker of the House if there is a conservative revolt against John Boehner over the fiscal cliff negotiations:

“Price is the person we’re all watching,” says an aide close to House leadership. “We know he’s frustrated, but we don’t know much else.”

In an interview with National Review Online, Price won’t speculate about his future, but he acknowledges his growing uneasiness. “My concern is that within our conference, conservatives, who are a majority, don’t have a proper platform,” he says. “That’s true at the leadership table and on the steering committee.”

You may recall that Price’s loss to Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a race for the No. 4 leadership post stirred rumors of a possible primary challenge against Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Price has been noncommittal about his future to any of the (many) reporters who have asked, and some Georgians told Costa they think the Speaker buzz is more about scaring Chambliss. But for those parsing his plans, here’s an interesting quote: “The House is rough and tumble, and I love it.”

UPDATE: 12:52 p.m. Price spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael throws a bit of cold water on this report, though in typical Price fashion it is not completely ruling out anything: “Congressman Price is not running for speaker. He is focused on real solutions to get America back on track. Those solutions reside in fundamental principles that embrace individual opportunity and economic freedom.”

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Chambliss, meanwhile, addressed state legislators in Athens on Sunday and did not bear good news for his party, reports Walter C. Jones of Morris News Service: “I think the president’s probably going to get his way.” Jones also reports that the audience clapped for Chambliss’ statement that a deal must cut federal spending but was mum when the state’s senior senator mentioned reforming Medicare and raising revenue. Tough crowd.

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And what of Price’s other potential foe? Boehner met with President Barack Obama on Sunday for some mano-a-mano negotiating before the president takes off for Michigan to rally the public for his plan on taxes Monday. The Washington Post offers us a glimpse of what a potential deal would look like. You may speculate all you like about what Price would think of this package:

●Fresh tax revenue, generated in part by raising rates on the wealthy, as Obama wants, and in part by limiting their deductions, as Republicans prefer. The top rate could be held below 39.6 percent, or the definition of the wealthy could be shifted to include those making more than $375,000 or $500,000, rather than $250,000 as Obama has proposed.

Obama wants $1.6 trillion over the next decade, but many Democrats privately say they would settle for $1.2 trillion. Boehner has offered $800 billion, and Republicans are eager to keep the final tax figure under $1 trillion, noting that a measure to raise taxes on the rich passed by the Senate this summer would generate only $831 billion.

●Savings from health and retirement programs, a concession from Democrats necessary to sell tax hikes to GOP lawmakers. Obama has proposed $350 billion in health savings over the next decade. Boehner has suggested $600 billion from health programs, and an additional $200 billion from using a stingier measure of inflation, reducing cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients.

●Additional savings sufficient to postpone roughly $100 billion in across-the-board agency cuts set to hit in 2013, known as the sequester, and to match a debt-limit increase. The sequester, perhaps paired with an automatic tax hike, could then serve as a new deadline, probably sometime next fall, for wringing additional revenue from the tax code and more savings from entitlement programs.

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Saturday Night Live anticipates Obama caving completely because House Republicans, among other things, yanked off Boehner’s pants and made him go into the ladies’ restroom. “Leave this poor, orange man alone,” says Obama. (No mention of Price specifically.) I believe this was Bill Hader’s debut as Boehner.

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Closer to home, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board votes Monday morning on a new Falcons stadium. WSB has more of the details here. The row over this project might have something to do with the findings from the AJC’s latest poll showing how little trust local leaders have with the electorate. This must come as a shock to many of you. Deep breaths, please.

- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider

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25 comments Add your comment

Danny O

December 10th, 2012
9:12 am

Thanks for bringing us the scoop in DC, Daniel.

Road Scholar

December 10th, 2012
9:21 am

Price? Is that the best they have?

Raise the taxes of the top 2 % and remove all deductions except charitable contributions and mortgage insurance. Limit mortgage deductions to below the interest on a $1 million dollar home.

Nobody here has shown a report that states what removing the charitable deduction and the home mortgage deduction will do to their industries.

Road Scholar

December 10th, 2012
9:24 am

insurance should read deductions.

2 cups of coffee are not enough today!

An observer

December 10th, 2012
9:27 am

Does not sound like anything is being fixed in this deal. Regarding the stadium, better to spend the money on the belt line.

The Snark

December 10th, 2012
9:41 am

Yes, let’s definitely establish a Republican platform and leadership in the House based on frustration, resentment, and inflexible opposition to the President. That worked so well for us on November 6.

clem

December 10th, 2012
10:29 am

who would follow that twerp, price?

NoMoreRawDeal

December 10th, 2012
10:56 am

Well, they only need 16 GOP reps to defect in order to block Boehner for speaker…

NoMoreRawDeal

December 10th, 2012
10:56 am

Well, they only need 16 GOP reps to defect in order to block Boehner for speaker…

NoMoreRawDeal

December 10th, 2012
10:56 am

Well, they only need 16 GOP reps to defect in order to block Boehner for speaker…

NoMoreRawDeal

December 10th, 2012
10:56 am

Well, they only need 16 GOP reps to defect in order to block Boehner for speaker…

Pete

December 10th, 2012
11:06 am

Price for speaker? That’s a scary thought. If he’s the best the GOP has, then the party is in worse shape than I thought it was.

GaBlue

December 10th, 2012
11:17 am

Welcome, Mr. Malloy!

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

December 10th, 2012
11:39 am

Before Tom Price tries to make the US Congress as dis-functional as the Ga Senate, he should ask Chip Rogers how that worked out for him. Unless his end goal is a job with GPB.

Bubba

December 10th, 2012
11:46 am

Tom Price as Speaker would make the Congress even more dysfunctional than it already is … if that is possible.

Taxi Smith

December 10th, 2012
11:54 am

Whatever happened to moderation? Whatever happened to compromise? Whatever happened to the art of the deal? Democracy is best served by compromise and moderation, not by Left- and Right-Wingers bent on some kind of “cause.” It seems to me that the Congress, the Presidency and the Courts have descended into shouting matches based on idelogy and have let the country (and US) go to hell.

Price is not Right

December 10th, 2012
12:09 pm

Tom Price is not the answer to any question this country is asking at this time in history. An intractable ideologue as Speaker would be an unmitigated disaster. And why the GOPers in the House would want to double down on their stubborness is beyond me. Maybe, playing off Kyle’s story, we could find a nice, cushy state job for T. Price. Get him out of the way so the country can actually look for solutions.

H.L. Grump

December 10th, 2012
12:40 pm

Maybe it’s time for Tom Price MD to graduate to the K-street Big Leagues where he can really cash in,

honested

December 10th, 2012
12:42 pm

price for Speaker?

That provides the first real, good, hard belly laugh of the day!

What other hilarity can we expect from the party bent on irrelevance?

yuzeyurbrane

December 10th, 2012
2:46 pm

Price certainly has the ego for the job.

As to the Falcons’ Stadium, what more proof do you need that voters’ voices do not matter? The T-Splost defeat is one that will never be allowed to happen again.

Buymadeinusjobs

December 10th, 2012
3:19 pm

Why not Cantor? Price or whoever runs the House needs to remember 2014 is not that far away. Tea Partyer Adam West and his Republicans could not repurchase his seat for what about 17.5 million to 3.5 for democrat candidate. Allen lost in Republican district.

Democrats::: choose your race even in Republican districts, start now, register your voters, get to know them personally so republican big money half truths won’t fool them. Run for local, state and federal offices. These jobs pay well and most have health benefits, pensions etc and it seems to be hard to be fired if you take care of your voters,.

Buymadeinusjobs

December 10th, 2012
3:32 pm

You know I kind of like Price for speaker. the President does not run again so the wealthy 1%, who buy votes for Republicans can keep Price and his fellow tea party co horts in line. The President suggests, congress makes law ,then President signs or vetos, Congress can override veto if they have votes. The house Republicans are mostly the same ones who caused downgrade in 2011 when Bachman yelled “Let the USA go bankrupt
‘ because she/others did not want to pay the debt for wars/tax cuts/etc. Check out S&P report for reason for downgrade.

Seriously though...

December 10th, 2012
3:55 pm

News flash for Obama, the campaign is over and if you are really serious about getting something done, then why are you wasting taxpayer money flying all over the place instead of being in Washington? Is it because you are afraid that people will finally see that you do not even have a basic understanding of finance?

Seriously though...

December 10th, 2012
3:55 pm

News flash for Obama, the campaign is over and if you are really serious about getting something done, then why are you wasting taxpayer money flying all over the place instead of being in Washington? Is it because you are afraid that people will finally see that you do not even have a basic understanding of finance?

Michael

December 10th, 2012
7:17 pm

In a battle between politicians from Ohio and Georgia I’d have to pick Ohio. Smarter and dirtier.

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