|Apologies to Barn and Gomer, but seriously, we'd be better off with those two idiots in charge of the lower chamber of the US Congress than the crew of Republican peabrains currently running the Halloween Horror House.|
Reminding many people of the 2011 "Grand Bargain" debacle, the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, told his GOP House members Saturday that he had failed, once again, to do a deal with the White House.
Boehner reportedly told his causcus—fuck this man, I'm going to drink a couple of bottles of Merlot and pretend Barack Obama is just a figment of another one of my lost weekends.
Anyway, Boehner said he was done "negotiating".
One Republican House member reportedly accused Obama of "acting like a royal president", because he was demanding "my way or the highway." What Republicans meant by this was that the President was actually, for once, sticking to his word that he would not compromise any more than he has already. This seemed to hurt the feelings of Tea Party House members, who were supporting a GOP House proposal that no Democrat had embraced.
The goofy House proposal, which had promised a short-term debt-ceiling agreement (to be reargued at Thanksgiving!) stipulated a connection between that deal and negotiations to reopen the government. And this would have included in the Republican understanding a mechanism to whittle away at Obamacare.
The White House has repeatedly, plainly, said no such connection could be made, and that while President Obama was open to negotiating a lot of things AFTER clean debt and government funding bills are passed, he would not pay a ransom to Republicans just to obtain a debt-ceiling agreement or to reopen the government.
The Republicans in the House, dominated by the Tea Party, continue to battle not only President Obama, but also with their own, slightly saner, members, especially in the Senate, who have declared the Obamacare connection a dead issue. These Republican “moderates”, who admit there is no political way at this point to stop Obamacare, are being denounced by the Tea Party Republicans, but GOP members doing a deal with Democrats is going to happen, if the USA is to avoid a debt default in a week.
If no debt ceiling deal is done, and a default occurs, the national and global economic calamity (predicted by most experts) will bring a swift, and no doubt quite severe and lasting, judgment by the American people against those whom they blame for the current—and ongoing—government dysfunction.
Recent polls show Americans solidly against Republicans, primarily, in the people's disgust with Washington DC. In fact, there is hardly any support left for the GOP now except in the radical Tea Party ranks, where the sentiment to completely dismantle the federal government—barring secession as the better option—is quite strong.
At this point, a moderate Senate deal is likely to be sent to the House in the next few days, where John Boehner will then have the option of bringing that bill to the House floor for a vote, which just might succeed, but probably without Tea Party support, but with Nancy Pelosi's Democrats being the majority of the ayes. Thus, if Boehner can push the bill through—assuming he even tries—he will be siding with the Democrats.
The result of that would likely be a revolt by the Tea Party in the House (and most definitely online), which would make the Speaker’s job even more wretchedly undoable than it already is. Indeed, that might provide the impetus for the Speaker to lose his job.
At this point, most in Washington, on Wall Street, and on Main Street, would say that obtaining a clean (or reasonably clean) debt ceiling and CR agreement is probably worth the continuing diminution of the power of Speaker Boehner.
So, the moment may be fast approaching when the Speaker will finally have to decide whether he will do whatever it takes to stay Speaker, or he will do whatever it takes to keep the USA and the world from tanking economically.
This weekend a lot may be riding on John Boehner’s willingness to do the right thing. Based on history, the world might want to prepare for the worst.