Boehner begs Senate to save his ass
If there was a shred of remaining doubt John Boehner has exactly zero power within his caucus it was removed today when the clearly frustrated House Speaker begged the Senate to do something to make the stupid sequester go away:
“We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” Boehner told reporters in a press conference, repeating a message he had just delivered in a closed-door meeting of the House Republican conference. [...]If it wasn't so pathetic, it would be hilarious. The worst kept secret on Capitol Hill is John Boehner is powerless to push any bill that isn't comprised solely on the GOP demand for spending cuts only. The GOP's crackpot cons won't let him negotiate with President Obama directly, nor will they agree to any compromise that would include raising revenue through the closing of loopholes that allow the wealthy to avoid fair tax contribution or eliminate subsidies to profit drenched industries that don't need them.
“If the Senate acts, I’m sure the House will act quickly,” he said.
As far as the Senate bailing out Boehner, that's another pipe dream. Thanks to the crackpot cons on that side of the Hill, the Senate can't pass anything either.
Of course, the simplest and most sensible thing to do would be to just cancel the stupid sequester. The only certainty is, that won't happen. Maybe it's just as well. We should be talking about spending more money, not cutting spending. If they let this happen, and the public sees the real world effects of these cuts, it could end up changing the focus inside the bubble. One can hope...