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  •  Bernstein is right about the dynamic (2+ / 0-)
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    Of the 233 members of the House GOP Caucus, less than a quarter are actual TEA Party Caucus members. Another 50 are non-members but very comfortable with their agenda. An additional 75-100 live in fear of committing TEA-defined heresy with any single vote or statement.

    So what's up with the remainder? Up until New Year's Day they were boxed in by the Hastert Doctrine, which is technically at the Speaker's discretion. But this Speaker really doesn't have that discretion, does he?

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:47:57 AM PST

    •  Unintentionally, though, you're making another (0+ / 0-)

      point.  

      "Less than a quarter" of 233 is, let's say, 55 hard-core teabaggers.  "Another 50" strong sympathizers makes 105.  And the fearful additional 75-100 raises the number of Repubs completely dominated by the Tea Party possibly as high as 205.  Thus the remainder of members who aren't generally inclined to vote like teabaggers could be as low as 28.  This is fewer than one in eight.  

    •  Yes, he does. (0+ / 0-)

      Like the Majority Leader in the Senate, the Speaker of the House gets to decide whether to bring a bill to the floor for a vote.  Unlike Majority Leader Reid, who will bring a bill to the floor of the Senate if it stands a chance of passing, even if passing it means a majority of Democrats will vote against it, Boehner refuses to bring a bill to the House floor unless a majority of House Republicans will support it.  Until the "fiscal cliff" bill, he refused to hold a vote on any bill that required the votes of Democrats to get it passed.

      That's why so many garbage bills were passed in the House only to be ignored by the Senate.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:41:25 AM PST

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