Since he knows it will effect his party negatively, I had hoped the Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), aka “Agent Orange” and “Two Inch” Boehner, would step back from the InsaniTEA on ObamaCare and allow the few relatively sane Republicans left to vote with Democrats in an unencumbered Continuing Resolution (CR) and a clean Debt limit increase. That’s not only what’s best for America, but also, what’s best for the Republican Party. Well, Agent Orange must fear being TEAbuggered, because he screwed the pooch. Moreover, it’s most ironic that the whole Defund Obamacare meme is nothing but a Republican scam.
After three years of cajoling, finessing and occasionally strong-arming his fitful conservative majority, Speaker John A. Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any financing.
Mr. Boehner knows that the plan he unveiled cannot pass the Senate, and that it may prove unwise politically and economically. His leadership team pressed just last week for an alternative. But with conservative forces uniting against him, he ultimately saw no alternative but to capitulate — and few good options to stop a government shutdown in two weeks.
“Today was a step forward, and a win for the American people,” said Representative Tom Graves, the Georgia Republican whose “defund Obamacare” push had amassed 80 House supporters, a bloc large enough to dictate the outcome.
With much of the government set to run out of money at the end of the month — and run out of borrowing authority by mid-October — Mr. Boehner faced a choice: he could steer a middle ground and find a way out of his fiscal dead end with Republican and Democratic votes, or he could yield to a conservative movement to strip the Affordable Care Act of financing, unite his Republican majority around that war cry, and hope for the best… [emphasis added]
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Rachel Maddow covered how this has grown from one of many Republican scams.
I bet that when Bubba Bagger calls Upchuck Huck to repeal Obamacare and gets Richard Simmons instead, he’s just overjoyed with gaiety! Sheeple-fleecing is clearly Republican’s favorite sport, something they learned well from the Theocon wing of the party.
What will happen is that The Senate will strip the defund ObamaCare language from the CR and send it back. What will Agent Orange do then? It would insane not to tale the sensible path, so I think that at the eleventh how he will on the CR, but I won’t bet money on it. The debt limit ceiling is anybody’s guess at this point.