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Harry Reid calls on GOP to ‘get serious’ as Dems crack lousy jokes!/markknoller/status/281810824010539008

At a press conference this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reiterated that Democrats would stand firm against John Boehner’s “Plan B” proposal for the fiscal cliff — and evidently any other proposal put forth by Republicans.

Reid says “there’s nothing to discuss” until House takes up Senate bill.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) December 20, 2012

Reid says Boehner has wasted a week with a “pointless political stunt”

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) December 20, 2012

Reid on Boehner: “these are gyrations I’ve never seen before.”

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) December 20, 2012

Reid says they don’t have a real offer from Boehner, says “it’s the charlie brown football trick”

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) December 20, 2012

Reid once again called for the GOP to “get serious” about solving the fiscal cliff crisis:

At news conference on Cap Hill, Sen Reid says GOP alternatives are “pointless, political stunts. It’s time for Republicans to get serious.”

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2012

And then went on to demonstrate just how serious he is about Republicans being serious:

Press conference–or stand up routine?

— Stew (@StewSays) December 20, 2012

Schumer, holding tiny chart, says his teacher told him to hold it under his chin. Reid: “You’ve gotten older. Which chin?” #actualquote

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 20, 2012

Reid takes a whack at Schumer’s weight: “Chuck, as we’ve gotten older, which chin?”

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 20, 2012

Yuk yuk yuk!

Not to be outdone, Dick Durbin chimed in:

Durbin calls a foul on Reid for openly joking about Schumer’s double chin. #America

— Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) December 20, 2012

And took the opportunity to show off his mad pop culture skillz:

Durbin compares Boehner to “Thelma and Loiuse” — slamming on the gas to go over the cliff.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) December 20, 2012

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin likens Boehner strategy to end of the movie Thelma & Louise: “Hit the gas and gov over the cliff.”

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2012

I think Senate Democratic leaders bet each other to see who can drop more movie references to keep entertained.

— Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) December 20, 2012

Well, Harry Reid took a bunch of senators to see “Lincoln” yesterday, so maybe we’ll get a John Wilkes Booth reference at the next presser!

Lest anyone worry that the D.C. laugh factory is a boys’ club, Washington’s Patty Murray showed that women can be funny, too:

RT @daveweigel: Murray: “I was excited when I heard about Republicans+Plan B. Finally, they’ve made progress on an important women’s issue.”

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 20, 2012

What is happening with our lives right now? RT @mpoindc: Hey, a Plan B pun joke! This is great!

— Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) December 20, 2012

It’s like watching the Three Stooges. Weight jokes, movie references, dead babies … looks like we’ve hit the trifecta!

So to recap the Dem presser: A tiny chart Harry Reid laughed at, gyrations, Thelma and Louise metaphor, a Plan B joke and a Yogi Berra quote

— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNBC) December 20, 2012

So, after all that, what’s the take-away?

Reid says he’ll bring Senate back into session the morning of Dec 27 to continue work on a ‘fiscal cliff’ bill, but not Boehner’s.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2012

There we go RT @bloombergnews: FLASH: Harry Reid says Senate will not take up any House fiscal cliff bills

— Daniel Oon Yong Lin (@Danooyl) December 20, 2012

Good thing the Democrats are so willing to flout GOP obstructionism, right?

Harry Reid essentially says that unless Republicans do whatever he says, “there’s nothing to discuss.”

— Jim Antle (@jimantle) December 20, 2012

So Harry Reid said this: “We’re not taking up anything they’re working on in the House.” I await media outrage over Dem “intransigence.”

— Tommy (@FirstTeamTommy) December 20, 2012

Hope you’re not in a rush.

hostage taker. rt @daveweigelReid: “Until Republicans pass our bill, there is nothing to discuss. We are not taking up [Plan B].”

— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) December 20, 2012

Hey, it’s just like in that movie!



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