It’s not very often that I hope the loathsome Erick Erickson is right about something, but I really do hope that his prediction about where the budget standoff is heading proves to be correct. He thinks Boehner and Cantor are about to cave in and says that will prompt the far right to leave the Republican party.
I’m being told by several sources that Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are plotting to give up trying to either defund or delay Obamacare…
Nonetheless, Cantor, Boehner, and with them Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are expected to cave in and fully fund, unimpeded, Obamacare.
They will work up a new deal that includes a debt ceiling increase with a few sops to the GOP as cover. The only change they are still considering it the medical device tax repeal, which is being heavily lobbied for by former Boehner and McConnell staffers who left for K Street…
But John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, and John Cornyn will ensure that Obamacare is fully funded and give the American public no delay like businesses have.
In doing so, they will sow the seeds of a real third party movement that will fully divide the Republican Party.
Works for me. But I doubt it’s true. We’ve heard this many times before: “If the GOP shifts its position on (fill in the blank — gay marriage, abortion, etc), the right is going to revolt and go third party.” Wake me up when that actually happens. The Republican party does have a serious problem trying to keep its right flank happy without scaring the living shit out of everyone else, but that doesn’t mean the right is going to secede from the party, which is its only path to actual political power. Call me skeptical.