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Number of Republicans in the House that would have to agree to raise the debt ceiling: 17.

Currently, the House is comprised of 200 Democrats and 233 Republicans, 2 vacancies. Less than 10% of the House GOP would have to agree to raise the debt ceiling, regardless of the other fiscal negotiations.

Is it really that hard for Boehner to find 16 other House GOP to just raise the debt ceiling already? Have none of them learned anything from two years ago? Nay, from one month ago?

Hold a press conference of your own if you want, Boehner. Then vote on raising the debt ceiling. Then do some of the real work that actually needs to be done.

The longer this travesty is prolonged, the easier it is to see that anyone identifying themselves with the GOP are not qualified to be running any branch of our government, let alone one of the houses of Congress. And the sooner 2014 needs to arrive.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I am sure that more than 17 R`s (3+ / 0-)

    Have enough money tied up in the stock market to make it worth their while to to do the right thing.

    Politics is like driving.... (D) forward, (R) reverse.

    by Tribecastan on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 08:54:11 PM PST

  •  You'd think that's the way its supposed to work (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VClib, Linda1961, DownstateDemocrat

    But you would be wrong.  Boehner would get canned in no time if he kept passing legislation with a minority of his party

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 09:23:28 PM PST

    •  The Teabaggers already view Boehner as weak (0+ / 0-)

      If Boehner passes more legislation with a minority of the majority, there's a good chance that someone like Louie Gohmert, Steve King, or Michele Bachmann might end up as House Speaker.

      I don't give people hell. I speak my mind and conservatives think it's hell.

      by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 04:38:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  If one of those you mentioned ever become Speaker (1+ / 0-)
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        Could things in the House really get any worse?

        To me, that strain of Republican is most reminiscent of a cockroach:

        The more their character and views are exposed to the light of a wider audience, the stronger the feeling grows to eradicate them.

    •  Boehner ousted as Speaker? (0+ / 0-)

      You say that like it's a bad thing.

      •  It may seem counterintuitive (0+ / 0-)

        But if Boehner is ousted as Speaker it will be in favor of someone who will be even less compromising.  Boehner is a deal maker while the majority of his caucus sees compromise as defeat.  If you think nothing is getting done now, just wait until Speaker Cantor comes along.  Nothing will get out of the House that will pass the Senate, let alone past the president's desk.

        There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

        by slothlax on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:51:04 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  With gerrymandering, teabag primary challenges, (0+ / 0-)

    an uninterested public "informed" by an inept media, and a democratic base that doesn't care for midterm elections, I'm not so sure there's a political price for any amount of krazy the House Republicans decide to air out.  I'd like to think otherwise, but do you really think a dipshit like Louie Gohmert sits around caring that the voters in his district will finally wise up to his shit?  Most of these House baggers feel completely free to do WHATEVER they want without consequence.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:37:27 AM PST

    •  It's a tall order no matter how you slice it (0+ / 0-)

      Pushing the Progressive agenda has never been easy.

      There's always setbacks, but like scientific knowledge, it eventually wins out over the alternative.

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