With the passage of this bill today, it’s pretty clear that we’re sending a message to the Democrat-controlled Senate that it’s time to do your job. … The principal [note: in a statement this dumb, you'd think they'd at least spell "principle" correctly] I think is pretty simple: no budget, no pay. Listen, American families have to do a budget. They understand you can’t continue to spend money that you don’t have. We’re committed to doing a budget on the House side – a budget that will balance over the next 10 years. It’s time for the Senate and the president to show the American people how they’re willing to balance the budget over the next 10 years.Hold on, what? House Republicans just passed legislation raising the debt limit in essentially unlimited fashion ... and their post-vote messaging doesn't even mention the fact that they just raised the debt limit? Instead, they're talking about how they sent a message to the Senate about passing a budget resolution that is already mandated by the 1974 Budget Impoundment and Control Act.
It's not that I was expecting them to come out and hail the demise of the Boehner rule, but do they really think this nonsense is convincing spin? Apparently so:
Hahaha, talk about living in a fantasy land. The idea that any single senator, let alone a majority of them, give a damn about the possibility of their paychecks getting delayed by a few months is hilarious. I mean, in 2010 the average net worth in the Senate was more than $13 million dollars, and yet House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is seriously trying to sell this idiotic talking point. What a joke.
You'd think House Republicans would be trying to repair the brand damage that their hostage taking bluff caused, but instead they pushing stupid rightwing Twitter derp. The explanation is obvious: they are scared to death of their own political base. They know their base is wrong, and they know if they did what their base wanted they would have no chance of winning a general election. If that wasn't the case, they wouldn't have caved on the debt limit. But they are nonetheless trembling in fear.
As a result, instead of taking part in a declaration of victory for common sense, they continue to spew nonsense. And it won't end anytime soon: to win over conservative House members, GOP leadership promised to deliver a balanced budget. This budget is going to make the Ryan budget look like a Christmas tree. As Greg Sargent reports, it will literally shred government to ribbons. There's no other way to balance the budget. Of course, the budget will be dead on arrival because Democrats will never support it. That's probably the one bit of good news here for Republicans: the one thing they don't have to fear is their ideas getting implemented into law.