October 01, 2013
The 100% Solution

Heads the tan man wins, tails we all win. An elegant solution from Professor Wolff:

By all reports, there are enough Republican members of the House of Representatives ready to vote for a clean Continuing Resolution so that with the support of the Democratic members, such a raise would have no trouble passing. But John Boehner is clearly fearful that if he allows such a bill to come to the floor of the House, he will lose his Speakership.

Now, the position of Speaker of the House is not a party office, like Senate Majority Leader. It is a Constitutional office, voted on by all members of the House. To be elected Speaker, one needs an absolute majority of all votes cast, not counting abstentions by those voting “present.” In return for bringing a clean CR to the floor, the Democrats could make a deal with Boehner to abstain, or alternatively throw enough votes his way, to guarantee his reelection as Speaker. Hell, they could even make a deal not to challenge him for reelection in his District. They could make the same deal for a raising of the debt limit.

Just a thought.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 01, 2013 01:51 PM
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I can't help wonder if there is more going on with Boehner and the GOP than worry about offices. When they were SO sure Romney was winning the last election, in spite of much evidence to the contrary, it was because of what they were considering valid information....ignoring polls that didn't say what they wanted to hear. I find myself wondering more and more often if they are just drinking the Teaparty Kool-Aid too much....do they believe that very vocal minority REALLY does represent people who may have been Republican for generations?

My father was Republican, and although he had many big faults (like racism), he would have been appalled at the current Republican Party's behaviors.

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on October 1, 2013 3:35 PM

On my own blog, I'm recommending just the opposite — that Democrats with deep pockets immediately launch a huge wave of defeat Boehner TV spots in his district to put the fear of God into him.

The man deserves to be politically destroyed.

Very crankily yours,
The New York Crank

Posted by: The New York Crank on October 4, 2013 3:40 PM
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