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Conservatives Backing Away From Boehner Plan On Debt Limit

July 26, 2011

Everyone knew from the day the current Congress was sworn into office that a falling out had to happen between what I term the adult leaders, and the young turks with more brawn than brains.  The Tea Party thought they were coming to Washington to rewrite the rules of politics.  The leaders of the Republican Party are now shoving back, and there is a tussle a-coming.

That is now happening over the debt limit debate, as CNN reports.

It seems, after the news from Senator McConnell as noted below, that he knows what compromise means.

To Speaker Boehner’s credit he tried to break from the fringe group of conservatives in the House, and I had hoped he might prevail.

On July 8th I wrote the following.

I have long suspected that House Speaker Boehner wants more of a moderate plan that can actually pass, and may at the end of the day need to arouse some wrath from congressional teabaggers in order to get a deal for the country. After all, there is no way that the harsh measures from the extreme right of his party can be implemented. But the middle road approach of means testing some entitlements, and closing tax loopholes would have, I strongly suspect, enough votes to pass.

Today, however comes this news that shows nothing will placate the far-right conservatives.

While political leaders continued sniping at each other’s latest proposals, conservative Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called for renewed negotiations with Obama and indicated his party must be willing to move away from some of its demands.

“We are going to have to get back together and get a solution here,” McConnell said of formal talks with the White House and congressional Democrats. “We cannot get a perfect solution, from my point of view, controlling only the House of Representatives. So I am prepared to accept something less than perfect because perfect is not achievable.”

In addition, the latest Republican proposal unveiled Monday by Boehner, R-Ohio, appeared in danger of failing to get passed by the GOP-controlled House, which would weaken the party’s negotiating leverage on a final deal.

Conservatives including some House Republicans and the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group, have criticized the Boehner plan for not doing enough to tackle the nation’s mounting deficits and debt, while Democrats complain it would force draconian spending cuts that would harm the economy while failing to provide a long-term resolution to the debt ceiling question.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Tuesday that the proposal by Boehner, R-Ohio, is a market-rattling “short-term solution” that would be “dead on arrival in the Senate, if it gets out of the House.” Boehner called Reid’s blueprint a “blank check” for more uncontrolled spending that would undermine the economy.

One Comment
  1. Sue permalink
    July 27, 2011 10:22 AM

    I called my congressman yesterday and after making the obvious comments about support of compromise and get this thing passed etc., I asked them to mention to Mr. Sensenbrenner that he is a senior member of congress and should be controlling the newbies who are destroying the Republican Party.
    Which was silly of me, it’s Sensenbrenner, after all.

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