GOP officials told Democrats to accept Republican priorities or Republicans would impose a hardship on the nation. GOP leaders and lawmakers assumed Dems would care too much about the real-world consequences of the Republican tactics, so Republicans could get what they want through radical and unprecedented brinkmanship – legislating is hard; threatening is easy; so why invest energy in the former when the latter is largely effortless?But what someone failed to tell Republicans is...hostage crises are not working. Especially now that the GOP controls the legislative branch, those "real-world consequences" could come back to hurt them rather than the President. As everyone should be noticing by now, they're bluffing. That's always going to be a losing hand, in poker as well as politics.
A new staple of GOP governance was born: hostage crises, all of a sudden, were a credible substitute for the traditional legislative process.
And so, possibly as early as today, Speaker Boehner will once again cave.
After months of indecision and strife, House GOP leaders plan to allow a vote as early as Tuesday on a clean bill to fund the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the fiscal year, according to Republican sources, dashing the hopes of conservatives who want to tie the money to language clocking President Obama's executive actions on immigration.If that feels familiar to you, it's because this is how every one of these crises have ended when Democrats stood together to call their bluff.
Leaders detailed their plan at a closed-door GOP conference meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. According to a source in the room, Speaker John Boehner told members the House would vote on the Senate's DHS funding bill once it receives papers confirming that the other chamber would not go to conference on the bill.
I know there are some members of the lunatic caucus who would be content to impose a hardship on Americans if it meant damaging President Obama's agenda. They might continue to force the Republican leadership to use this hostage-taking strategy in the future. But we should keep our heads about us when/if that happens. The pearl-clutching about whether or not they'll blow up the hostage is a waste of time and only feeds the crisis the lunatics are attempting to create.