The Washington Post reports there is more than enough support from Republicans to pass the “clean continuing resolution” needed to end the government shutdown. Let’s get on with it.
Twenty-two GOP moderates have gone public in their declaration of support for the CCR. That brings the “yes” vote to 222, which tops the needed 217 to fully reopen federal Washington. Four more Republicans say they are likely to vote for the measure to end the shutdown without killing ObamaCare, according to the paper. The rest remain against or undecided. A good amount of those Congressmen will support the CCR, once they know its passing is guaranteed.
That begs the question: Why does House Speaker John Boehner maintain there aren’t enough votes to end the shutdown? Has the Ohio Congressman falling into the “not interesting in governing” wing of the Republican Party? It sure looks like it.
Nicole Wallace, who was President George W. Bush’s spokeswoman, today on “Morning Joe” made the most sense of the collapse of the GOP and the D.C. showdown.
She said the former “Big Tent” party now consists of two factions—governing and not governing. Of Republicans, Wallace said: “They don’t fracture on ideological lines because ideologically we as a party are all on the same page: we do not believe Obamacare is the right way to reform the health care system. There is no divide in the Republican Party on the policy. But there is a great and bleeding wound now over whether we as a party are meant to govern.”
By putting the CR to a vote, Boehner can begin to end the bleeding. That would stop the nonsense currently on display on the big D.C. stage. It’s a performance that has stunned the world and damaged the position of America as superpower.
President Obama today said it would be “insane” if the recalcitrant GOP took the next step and allowed the U.S. to default.
It’s the president who is in denial about negotiating with a good chunk of Congress that is just not interested in governing. They are more focused on getting rid of the federal government than in cooperating with the President, Democrats and the governing wing of the Republican party.
Obama has to accept that reality. If not, the president can write off the rest of his second term.