The House chuckleheads are at it again, acting like two-year-olds, throwing tantrums and blocking progress because they can’t get all of their way, and they can’t get it immediately. They’ve lost sight of, or they’re wilfully ignoring, the legislative version of the Buckley Rule.
House Speaker John Boehner had a strategy that would have, in this run-up to the 2014 elections, forced Senate Democrats, especially those in vulnerable states, choose between voting to defund Obamacare or being responsible for shutting down the government for lack of funding past the current fiscal year.
The plan essentially called for the House to vote on defunding ObamaCare and the temporary spending bill, then send the package to the Democrat-controlled Senate, which almost certainly would have jettisoned the defund part and allowed the chambers to negotiate on a “clean” funding bill.
“The Ruling Elite is up to it again,” the Tea Party Patriots group said Wednesday. “They want you to think they have voted for defunding ObamaCare. But it’s another shell game.”
And the chuckleheads in the supposedly conservative caucus acceded to the TPP’s demands and forced the Boehner Plan to be withdrawn, at least for now. How do these politicians propose to defund Obamacare without the votes to do so? At least this, as I said, would have put Democrat Senators on record as voting for the Obamacare that their constituents do not want.
And they should ask themselves how much of a tax cut their “Tax cut, or nothing” stubbornness got them last year.
These guys’ hearts are in the right place, but their heads…are not.