It seems to me that with many Republican pundits now rejecting the idea of using the debt ceiling as a hostage, the smart move for Boehner is to turn non-teahadists loose to vote with Democrats on the issue, the way they did with Sandy relief and the fiscal cliff.
In fact, I wonder if that could be the solution to a lot of Republicans’ political problems. They could do the same with immigration. There must be 50 to 60 Republicans who are either unafraid of primaries or at least more afraid of general elections than of primaries. If they all feel free to vote with Democrats on issues where other Republicans’ positions are unpopular, they could spare the Republican party a lot of political pain.
But…WOLVERINES, I know. Still, a pattern is beginning to emerge.