Two groups are elated over the sudden and dramatic demise of John Boehner's "Plan B" in the House of Representatives last night: Liberals -- who are thrilled to see their opponents in utter shambles -- and hardline conservatives, who view the development as a principled victory and a much-needed rebuke of the GOP's weak-kneed leadership. National Review Washington Editor Robert Costa was on the Hill during the collapse, and filed a must-read story about how it all went down. In short, a demoralized Boehner stunned the caucus with a brusque announcement that he was pulling the bill. The...
Have to say, I saw this coming. Obama was not going to budge because this set up was years in the making, the choice was capitulation or nothing, the white house is not taking prisoners. When they struck the previous deal slashing the military, liberals placed themselves in a win/win situation. Boehner is not playing chess as they said, he has no long term strategy. The true analogy is that Boehner is the high school debate captain trying to compromise his way out of a boxing match. The Republicans only have the house, they are useless unless they are willing to use the constitutional powers of the house: appropriations. They do not need a budget, they need to be willing to only spend what the government has.
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