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Personal gulf snarls ‘cliff’ talks

At a private Capitol meeting Wednesday, Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois was regaling other Republicans with his imitation of House Speaker John Boehner, imagining him in the budget negotiations with President Barack Obama. He pretended to drag on a cigarette like the chain-smoking speaker, and blew away smoke and Obama’s tax demands in one raspy retort : “Ain’t gonna happen.” Then, the actual speaker stepped to the podium to poke ...

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  • Headline: Personal gulf snarls ‘cliff’ talks
  • Publication: Front Section, Pages 4 on 12/16/2012
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