Rush Limbaugh, rallying opposition
to John Boehner's plan to raise the debt limit:
If the Democrats get their way, the Republicans will pass the Boehner bill. It will go to the Senate, where it will immediately be announced dead on arrival. And then, dingy Harry will announce, "But, there's enough here. We can work with this. We didn't really realize all that was in this. There's stuff in here -- yeah, yeah. ... Maybe I can get some Democratic votes on it after all."
And then miraculously -- miraculously -- the prince of compromise, Harry Reid, steals the day, by compromising with just an outrageous dead on arrival bill. He gets all kinds of credit for hard work, rolling up sleeves and that magic compromise, and sends that back to the house. Okay Republicans, ball's back in your court. Here's your bill with a few modifications.
Meanwhile, if Boehner's bill passes, Harry Reid says Senate Dems will defeat it tonight:
"Today the House of Representatives will vote on Speaker Boehner's short-term plan to raise the debt ceiling," Reid said on the Senate floor. "As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated. No Democrat will vote for a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now."
Earlier, ABC reported that Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell were in talks to broker a compromise between the Reid and Boehner plans if the Boehner plan passes.
Think Progress reports it has found 24 Republicans who have publicly stated opposition to the Boehner bill. If he doesn't change some of their minds or win Democratic votes, that could be enough to kill the bill. The vote will take place these evening around 5:00PM or 6:00PM ET.