Last night’s vote was strange. Boehner has a split caucus of 151 who voted no, and 85 who joined the Democrats for a majority. That should mean that he’s in line to be replaced, but even though his majority leader (Eric the White) and majority whip (Kevin McCarthy) voted “No”, who else wants to be saddled with 150 or so dead-enders who won’t vote for anything? Last night was a preview of coming attractions. A day after the next deadline, the Senate’s bill will be jammed through the House with an almost completely intact Democratic caucus voting with 80 or 100 or however many Republicans are still interested in not destroying the country.
In the meantime, almost nothing else will happen. For example, the House was supposed to vote on Hurricane Sandy relief before ending their session: no vote happened last night.
Another way of looking at it is that we have a third party in DC. It has 150 votes in the House and 5 in the Senate. They stand for nothing, are led by nobody, and will obstruct everything, and we’re stuck with them for at least two more years.