While Boehner’s speakership is likely safe, Charles Krauthammer thinks he’s lost all credibility after failing to stop ObamaCare, which of course resulted in the first government shutdown in nearly two decades.
"He's going to hold on to his job, but I'm not sure he's going to hold on to any power because he clearly doesn't have any," Krauthammer said on Fox News Thursday. "He can't control his caucus."
Yes, Boehner put up a good fight, but was it a wise one? Krauthammer isn’t convinced it was.
"In the end Obama says nobody won, but that's like saying at Appomattox nobody won," he said. "I think it was a clear victory, unfortunately, if you were a conservative it was a great defeat."
He is convinced, however, that Republicans will not try this again. So when the January and February deadlines for funding the government and extending the debt ceiling, respectively, come around, Krauthammer doesn’t think there’s anybody who will want to say, ‘We’re going to shut down the government.’ That, he says, will take away from the Republicans a lot of their leverage.
“So they are going to go into this now weaker a second time as a result of the debacle this time,” he said.
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