What you're facing is a lunatic caucus from your own party that likely makes up about a third of the House - in other words - not enough to actually pass anything. But just a few months ago they first gave you an ass kicking with that stupid "Plan B" on the so-called "fiscal cliff" and then toyed with an insurrection when it came time for your re-election as Speaker. Just recently 16 of them went against you on a procedural vote - something that is supposed to be a party-line vote.
So you're pissed. You can't move anything in the House without caving to the Democrats. And if you do, these lunatics will have your scalp.
What's a Speaker to do? Here's what Boehner did...
First of all, he said that he wouldn't participate in any more one-on-one negotiations with the President.
Boehner knows that one of the problems he's had in the past is that any deal he struck with the President would be immediately rejected by the lunatic caucus in the House. Over and over again he's been made to look like a fool. So he's taken himself out of any potential for a repeat embarrassment.
What he's suggested as an alternative this time is that the Senate needs to "get off their asses" and act to deal with the sequester.
Next thing you know, the President is taking a bunch of Senate Republicans out to dinner.
...if Obama reaches an agreement on a long-term deficit agreement with Senate Republicans, it would be the kind of bill that would get support from members of both parties, much of the national press and the public. Boehner would be under heavy pressure to allow a vote on such legislation, even if he and many of his members would not vote for it. And it would likely pass the House.Now, before you think I'm crazy, this is exactly the kind of talk that is already sending some of the lunatics into a full-fledged melt-down. Sunday when House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy wouldn't categorically affirm that Boehner would stick forever and for always to the Hastert Rule, the response was:
This is a declaration of war within the Republican ranks.I know the Orange Man isn't the brightest bulb. But surely after these last couple of years he knows that he'll never be able to please the lunatics and that any attempt to do so is destined to fail. What are his choices at this point? He very strategically took both himself and the House off the table in terms of leadership on dealing with the sequester. It could be that's his best shot right now.
Anyway, perhaps I'm wrong. But its food for thought. And wouldn't it be just sweeeeet if he was finally taking some lessons from our Community Organizer-in-Chief?