Hot off the heels of captains of finance on Wall Street and around the world telling House Republicans to stop the insani-TEA, House Speaker (in Name Only) John Boehner (R-Agent Orange) finally signaled an end to the unnecessary drama may be near.
The [House Republican], who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Boehner had said he would be willing to violate the so-called Hastert Rule if necessary to pass a debt-limit increase. The informal rule refers to a policy of not bringing to the floor any measure that does not have a majority of Republican votes.
Other Republicans also said Thursday that they got the sense that Mr. Boehner would do whatever was necessary to ensure that the country did not default on its debt.
Representative Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Republican of Pennsylvania, who was one of just 22 House Republicans this year who helped Mr. Boehner pass three crucial bills — to avert a fiscal showdown, to provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and to pass the Violence Against Women Act — with a majority of Democratic support, said he expected that he may be asked to do so again.
“Hurricane Sandy, the fiscal cliff, all of the big votes require reasonable Republicans and Democrats to come together in order to pass it and get it to the president’s desk,” he said. “This will be no different.”
As we've been saying here all along, House Republicans can end their mean-spirited manufactured crisis whenever they want. All they have to do is bring a clean continuing resolution (CR) with their preferred (austerity laced) spending target to the House floor. And that's all, folks...
Or is it? Even though John Boehner himself privately declared his support for a clean CR, the Insani-TEA Caucus apparently scared him into forcing this Shutdown Shitfest upon the nation. And G-O-TEA party "leaders" are basking in the (radioactive) glow of all the media attention while real people suffer.
Remember, this is all thanks to Republican "leaders" fearing the very deranged base theu cultivated. We are all paying the price for their stupidi-TEA.
But perhaps now, some (more) Republicans on Capitol Hill are finally starting to get it. Behind closed doors, they ripped into the new teabagger folk heroes for forcing America into an untenable position of government shutdown and brink of debt default. And they finally started to realize that this was all about a few politicians' personal gain. This was never really about any kind of "principle".
Over the course of this week, Republicans have been trying desperately to pin blame onto Democrats. That hasn't worked, especially since this all started due to Republican infighting. They're now trying desperately to save face. But ultimately, something will have to give. Either Republicans will have to drop the insani-TEA, or American governance as we know it will collapse.
At some point, the former must happen. John Boehner knows this. So now, it's just a matter of when the G-O-TEA will cut the crap and allow government to reopen.