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  •  Some of them are crazy, that's for sure (7+ / 0-)

    but not ALL of them.

    And if Boehner is smart(er than he acts), he'll bring the bill to the floor even if it passes with only the minimum GOP votes needed for passage.

    Just like the 'fiscal cliff'.

    •  The question is ... (4+ / 0-)

      is there a critical mass of crazy in the Republican caucus.  I think that's a very close question.  The failure of Speaker Boner's "Plan B" suggests there very well might be.

      “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

      by jrooth on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 12:43:56 PM PST

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    •  Now that Boehner is going to have these (4+ / 0-)
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      bills moved through committee instead of say simply calling for a vote on raising the debt ceiling, there's a lot of room for ridiculousness - and a lot of people who are intent on acting ridiculously.

      There are numerous scenarios in which a bill could come to the floor where there would be no Democratic support because of crazy cuts that may well be attached to the bill - but also not just no Dem support - not enough GOP alignment to pass it either.

      Boehner might well be able to pass a straight bill that only raised the Debt Limit with Democrat's help, but even that's not an absolute certainty right now.

      The Republican caucus is all over the place and the majority are now extremist Tea Partiers.  All the more reason for the President to tell them to get their House in order, so to speak.  

    •  How do you like my CT? (0+ / 0-)

      The thought of default is so odious that McConnell has asked Boehner to do him the favor of bringing the debt ceiling to a vote without the "majority of the majority." It will pass and make Boehner look like he can run the House rationally in spite of the nuts he has to deal with in his caucus.

      Seeing this, the Senate Democrats will guess, wrongly of course, that the Republicans are at last going to behave themselves, consider the needs of the nation, and therefore, there will be no need to change the filibuster rules.

      McConnell will then, through the filibuster, once again control the Senate the way God intended.

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