Erika Johnsen

Senator Rubio's instincts are invaluable. The House-passed Cut, Cap, & Balance plan is up for a cloture vote in the Senate, and if it doesn't shrivel up and die on the Senate floor (I won't hold my breath), the President is still sticking with his "I'll veto it" story. The overwhelming odds did not deter the Florida Senator from rallying and once again demonstrating his rather impressive (and, sadly, almost singular) knack for common sense.

“But how could you ask for compromise? How could you ask the House-- how could you scold Republicans in the House for refusing to compromise if you don't have a plan of your own? How can you compromise if you don't have any ideas of your own? It's not a fair thing to say.  And so I would urge the leadership of this chamber and the President of the United States to offer their ideas on paper. Put your ideas on paper and offer them so we can begin to work on this concept of compromise that you've offered.  Because you can't compromise and you can't negotiate with people that will not offer a plan."


Erika Johnsen

Erika Johnsen is a Web Editor for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @erikajohnsen.