Inadvertently or not, John Boehner showed the way out of the shutdown on a Sunday talk show yesterday.
Listen to what he said on This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
STEPHANOPOULOS: He has not, perhaps, but I take it from your answer that you're not prepared to schedule a clean bill on government funding.The 2 Word challenge that all Democrats must issue
BOEHNER: There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR.
John Boehner has now made his own credibility an issue in the shutdown.
Americans want the government to re-open. Speaker Boehner is telling us that is not possible at this time and that our government must remain shuttered because the votes simply aren't there for a clean CR to pass.
I personally hate to believe that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is an actual liar and yet, I have to believe that he is. I understand that the votes are there.
The only way to resolve this issue - Is the Speaker of the House of Representatives Being Truthful to the American Public is for him to PROVE IT.
Offer up the clean CR with the same budget numbers you agreed to last month then count the votes.
The Speaker indicated that it's a waste of time. We do know that the Republicans don't really mind wasting time since they have pointlessly repealed the ACA 42 times, so that wouldn't be the real reason for not presenting it.
In fact, the only reason I can come up with for not presenting the clean CR is the obvious one:
Because it will pass and expose the Speaker of the House as the weak, unreliable, prevaricating politician that he has been throughout these negotiations.
If Mr. Boehner does not want the American public to think these are the underlying reasons for not presenting the CR, he should act swiftly to counter this impression.
So Speaker Boehner, you say the votes aren't there -I ask again for you to