Gov. Shutdown Looming: Boehner Heads Off Cliff With Tea Party Radicals
April 5, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has earned a new title: Tea Party biatch. That’s right, Boehner, who has proven himself to be one of the weakest House Speakers in recent memory, has become a captive of the radical tea party Republicans. Unable to corral the right-wing extremists, bleary-eyed from staying up into the wee hours reading their bible, Ayn Rand’s homage to greed, “Atlas Shrugged,” Boehner now stands powerless to prevent a government shutdown come Friday. As of this afternoon, Boehner carried a new message from his tea party masters to the White House, saying any previous deal is now off. The goal post was moved further from $33 billion in cuts to $40 billion, according to The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent. Additionally, Boehner announced that the tea party House members would now have veto power over any budget deal. He’s not interested in a bipartisan deal. Unless Boehner can get 218 Republican votes, which is virtually impossible with the stark raving mad right-wingers controlling the Republican caucus, a budget deal would not be reached to avoid a Friday shutdown.
A senior Democratic aide provided a readout of the White House meeting to Sargent:
‘“Our takeaway from the meeting was that Republicans will not accept anything that cannot pass the House without 218 Republican votes,” the aide tells me. “That means $73 billion isn’t good enough.”’
“That last line means that the $33 billion in cuts as a proposed target compromise — on top of $40 billion of cuts that were already agreed upon — will not be sufficient for a compromise, if 218 Republicans cannot support it.”
After the White House meeting, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blasted tea party groveler Boehner for his inability to stand up to the crazy extremists in his caucus.
“We thought for several days that we were very close to an agreement, but the meeting at the White House and the negotiations over the weekend really indicated to me and I think most people who are watching this that the leadership in the House is being guided by the tea party. They’re saying they won’t agree to anything unless they get 218 Republican votes. We all know that’s a nonstarter. We couldn’t have passed the last short-term C.R. if that were the case. We have been willing to compromise at $73 billion. Our problem is, we cannot agree to take all that from domestic discretionary spending. This $73 billion was the Republicans’ original proposal. So I guess they were for it before they were against it. But now they’re moving the goal post again,” said Reid to reporters.
President Obama made it clear after the meeting ended without an agreement, that Americans expects adults to be in charge not tea party extremists, according to Politico.
“Myself, Joe Biden, my team, we are prepared to meet for as long as possible to get this resolved,” the president said. “If they (Boehner and Reid) can’t sort it out, I want them back here tomorrow.”
“This is not a way to run a government. … We don’t have time for games,” Obama added. “We are now closer than we have ever been to getting an agreement. There is no reason why we should not get an agreement.”
“The only question is whether politics or ideology are going to get in the way of preventing a government shutdown.”
As the very real prospect of a government closure looms, Republicans are trying to turn reality on its head, by insisting the Democrats are the ones itching for a shutdown. But during a closed door meeting with his caucus on Monday, the Republicans erupted in cheers when Boehner announced a shutdown was likely.
“House Republicans huddled late Monday and, according to a GOP aide, gave the speaker an ovation when he informed them that he was advising the House Administration Committee to begin preparing for a possible shutdown. That process includes alerting lawmakers and senior staff about which employees would not report to work if no agreement is reached.”
And Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) declared this morning, during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” that he would support a government shutdown if the measure to defund Planned Parenthood was removed from the budget bill.
Not content to extract one of the biggest spending cuts in history, the Republicans are insisting on also attaching their right-wing ideological riders to the budget, attacking birth control, abortion and the science of global warming.
That’s right, Republicans would gladly send our country over a cliff during a time of war over a difference of a few billion dollars, and their insane demand to deny the existence of global warming.
What a bunch of buffoons.