Nobody could have anticipated that the compromise bill would die in John Boehner’s clown show caucus.
Lawmakers said that Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 Republican, indicated to his colleagues in a closed-door meeting in the basement of the Capitol that he could not support the legislation in its current form. Many other Republicans were voicing stiff objections to a plan that they saw as raising taxes while doing little to rein in spending. Several conservatives assailed it on the House floor as the chamber convened at noon for an unusual New Year’s Day session.
The aides said that Speaker John A. Boehner, who had pledged to put any measure the Senate passed on the House floor for a vote, was mainly listening to the complaints of his rank and file and had not taken a firm position on the legislation, though he had clear reservations.
As the article points out, Boehner’s caucus can either kill the bill by passing on a vote or they can kill it by passing some amended version with some Cantor-approved poison pills to keep it in conference until Thursday noon. It is hard to imagine how Boehner will talk his caucus into voting for a bill ten miles to the left of his Plan B.
By now everyone understands that House Republicans just cannot handle the minimum tasks of running a country. It is time to walk away from this mess and negotiate something from scratch with the next Congress.