The House just voted on the Senate bill, and it passed by a wide margin, so WRONG AGAIN COLE is wrong again. I thought the teahadists would find a way to spike the bill. They didn’t.
The winners in all of this are Obama, the Senate, and Nancy, who once again impressively whipped her caucus and had only 16 no votes. The vote was effectively over when 30 Republicans voted in favor, but Pelosi still managed to keep all but 16. I have no idea who they are, but I am sure it will be an mix of folks voting against for idiosyncratic district regions and a few diehard progressives. Pelosi is perhaps the best leader I have ever seen at whipping her caucus. She’s better than DeLay, and she leaves no fingerprints. She’s really fucking amazing.
The biggest loser, I think, is Cantor, who came out against the bill before Boehner and then could not deliver 218 votes for an amended bill. Boehner probably worked with Pelosi and delivered the necessary votes from safe districts and then released others in more difficult situations to vote against. Don’t be confused by the small number of Republican “yea” votes, as right now, Cantor, Louis Gohmert, the teahadist, and manic progressives like Matt Stoller (all of whom are nihilists) are probably singing Bill Joel at a piano bar over scotch in Georgetown. Boehner’s support was deep enough in the caucus to deliver that many votes while releasing dozens of others to vote against, and he is probably safe as speaker. Cantor, I think, is done. I’ll let the master speak:
When you come at the king, you best not miss, and Cantor missed. His fingerprints are all over this debacle, not Boehner’s. Of course, I am wrong all the time, but I would be really surprised to see any real attempt at dethroning Boehner, and I expect Cantor to be neutered for a while.
But then again, I am always, fucking, always wrong. But that is how I see things now.