I had a conversation with someone after House speaker John Boehner failed to pass the farm bill because of a revolt of the most right-wing legislators in his party. And I said that as much of a schmuck as Boehner is, I feel sorry for him. His job is simply impossible.
Opposition was bipartisan. Almost all Democrats voted no because they opposed the food stamp cuts. But 60 Republicans also voted against the bill, mostly because it didn’t cut enough.
This is another demonstration of the impossible hand that Speaker John Boehner is playing. He wants his caucus to pass alternatives to Democratic policy proposals from the Senate. But the conservative wing of his caucus places high demands and is willing to vote against leadership-backed proposals.