Earlier this week I suggested that Speaker Boehner's Plan B was to let the House lunatic caucus have their tantrum and then cave. The reality is that the lunatic caucus doesn't have a majority and so they can't get anything passed. Their only option is obstruction. For anything to actually pass the House, it will require a coalition of Democrats and sane Republicans.
Two months into the current House session, we've now seen this pattern on legislation to end the "fiscal cliff," Hurricane Sandy relief, and now yesterday on the vote to pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women's Act.
BooMan is one of the few liberal bloggers I've seen report on the story about the 19 Republicans who pressured Speaker Boehner to have a vote on the Senate version of VAWA. This is a critical development folks...we need to be paying attention. The cracks are starting to show.
We've heard a lot lately about the members of the lunatic caucus who have been elected from solid red districts and are unlikely to do anything as sane as compromise out of fear of a primary challenge. But there are also House Republicans who currently represent more swing districts - mostly in the Northeast part of the country - that are equally threatened by association with this lunacy.
By comparing the 49 Republicans who voted for Sandy Relief with those 19 who challenged Speaker Boehner on VAWA, I see a list of somewhere between 14 and 21 Republicans that might be willing to work with Democrats on some sane legislation. We need 18.
If folks like BooMan and I have figured this out - what do you think the odds are Organizing for America and the White House are on to it? You can bet that OFA has a list and is working with voters in those districts to amplify their voices.
As Leonard Cohen sang so eloquently..."Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."