I can sometimes find a little sympathy for John Boehner. Having reached the Speakership, traditionally a position of significance and power, he finds himself leading, or at least in front of, an unruly caucus that cannot agree among themselves on anything but a huge laundry list of obviously unreachable goals. Boehner probably expected that strategic skills would be called into play as he maneuvered with and against the Senate and the President. Instead he leads a group that fits the description someone applied to Ted Cruz, that it’s not clear how they get down a flight of stairs given their manifest inability to think one step ahead. With Cruz I don’t think that’s the case; he’s got a long-term strategy that involves destroying the existing Republican power structures and replacing them with a more directly Tea Party-oriented platform and political operation. With the House Republicans, on the other hand, it looks like the description fits.
…as Republicans prepared to vote late Saturday, some lawmakers acknowledged that they had no idea what would happen if the Senate follows through on its threat to reject their latest offering.
“It comes back to us, I guess,” said Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.), one of the more conservative Republicans and a candidate for Senate in 2014. “We really didn’t talk about exactly what the plan would be then.”
Yes, there’s no telling what can happen in this magical world we live in. Maybe the Senate will reverse course and give up despite having all the leverage. Perhaps the President will decide his signature legislative achievement should be shelved in another attempt to placate the hard right. Maybe the Rapture will happen before the debt limit is breached.