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  •  Could the Filibuster deal prove be precedence? (0+ / 0-)

    The filibuster deal featured Mitch McConnell stuck between conservatives ready to skewer him for compromise, on one side, and, the obvious benefits of compromising, on the other. How could he, as party leader, vote no and yet the compromise occur, while plausibly claiming he took no part in the compromise?

    Basically he let McCain and his crew engineer a compromise with the Democrats - just enough to get to 60.

    It strikes me that Boehner is in a similar position on immigration. He's stuck between conservatives ready to skewer him for even allowing a vote (breaking the Hastert Rule, again) and establishment-types who are aware of demographics, along with his own ambitions of keeping maintaining a Republican House beyond 2016.

    Like McConnell and the filibuster, an appealing option could be to 'vote no' but quietly allow enough Republicans to sign a discharge petition to force the vote. Then he can vote nay, but more importantly, claim he didn't violate the Hastert Rule because of the discharge petition - it was out of his hands. It's the only way he can get the bill to pass while claiming to have nothing to do with it.

    It's consistent with the tendency of not-crazy Republicans needing certain bills to pass, but not being able to actually vote for them.

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