First thing: every time I read something that has leaked out of John Boehner’s brain a little more contempt is cultivated in my mind. Yesterday was no exception:
“It is our hope that this will be a constructive meeting and that the president finally recognizes Americans expect their leaders to be able to sit down and resolve their differences,” said a statement by a Boehner aide.
Wow! Who knew that “We should fund the government and not tank our economy” was a point of difference? What an asshole.
Anyway, having realized that the public is, for the most part, not being duped by “The Democrats made us shutdown the government”, the GOP is trying to save face. Suddenly it’s no longer about the Affordable Care Act and is about spending cuts overall:
After prompting a partial government shutdown by trying to undermine Obama’s signature health care reforms, GOP leaders now are focused on spending cuts elsewhere in their demands for agreeing to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit.
And now they will try to implant the idea that spending cuts, not the ACA, was what the shutdown was about all along. Boehner is also losing some support from his own party, since a vote on a clean CR would certainly pass:
Boehner should allow the vote. He keeps saying the votes aren’t there, but if leaders of the two houses of the legislature could just say “the votes are there” or “the votes aren’t there” and be done with it, what’s the point of ever holding votes on anything? Let people fucking vote on it.
Anyway, the pressure has got to be mounting for the GOP as people aren’t buying their story. It’s looking more and more like they’re just dooming themselves in the next election and will be getting nothing for the expenditure of their political capital. So they’re starting to bend.
The Onion does a tongue-in-cheek take on the GOP’s newest deal. I lol’d. 🙂