Later tonight, if we are to believe the whips in the House, the final vote will take place on the concoction arranged by Speaker Boehner to garner just enough votes to pass his debt limit budget plan. Voting is planned for after 7 Pm Eastern Time.
One almost has to feel sorry for Boehner as he lowers himself to such idiotic moves that are designed as much to pass just anything at this point to move the debt limit process to the Senate, as it is to save his position.
The truth is that there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that what is being stirred together in the House will have any chance to see daylight.
Nor should it.
The conservatives’ main demand is a requirement that a balanced-budget amendment pass both the House and the Senate before the next debt-ceiling increase. Who do these conservative think they are dealing with? This is the ‘poison pill’ that will never fly for a second in the Senate. This is all a bid to woo conservative support from within Boehner’s own caucus to get the bill passed–but the change moves the bill even further from possible compromise.
This only marginalizes teabaggers even more than they are now. This is where having some political know-how would pay off for the newbies. But they shun such stuff….
So where are we headed from here?
The House will likely pass something tonight. Then most think the scenario, as printed this morning in the Wall Street Journal will start to play out. The losers are those same newly elected House Republicans who are most likely still trying to find the restrooms.
Senate leaders retorted that Mr. Boehner’s bill would be dead on arrival in the Senate even if it did pass the House, shelved by a procedural measure that required only 51 votes. They planned to hold an initial vote Saturday on an alternative plan by Mr. Reid. But it, too, faced the challenge of winning the 60 votes it would need to pass the Senate.
While both sides issued ultimatums, they also continued back-channel efforts toward a compromise. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) was talking with Vice President Joe Biden about ways out of the stalemate, Democratic aides said. Mr. McConnell’s office downplayed the conversations.
The White House isn’t sure whether the two sides will agree by Tuesday and is betting the House Republicans will compromise in the end, according to Democratic officials familiar with the matter.
The Obama administration believes Senate Republicans, particularly Mr. McConnell, will be crucial to persuading House Republicans to a final deal.
In the end the House will then pass what the Senate and White House works out, with moderate Republicans joining the Democrats, while the Tea Party members are still seeking the restrooms.