Mr. Sensitive

December 14, 2012

Stall Away

Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 13:28

Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) believes John Boehner is stalling.  “I’m getting increasingly concerned that one of the reasons the speaker is trying to, I think, string out these discussions is that he wants to wait until January 3 when the elections for speaker take place,” Rep. Van Hollen says, adding, “I hope he wouldn’t avoid the tough decisions simply to take us into January after his swearing in, but I’m becoming increasingly worried that that’s exactly what’s going on.”

And the problem with that is…what, exactly?

If Boehner’s stalling to preserve order in his own caucus and retain the power to make a deal, we would, in effect, be going off the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1 with a bungee cord attached.  Would this be a sneaky thing for Boehner to do?  You bet.  Should Democrats object?  No, they should not.  Here are the facts:

  1. The Republicans will control the House of Representatives in the coming Congress.
  2. The Speaker of the House will be a Republican.
  3. The Republican Speaker will lead his party in fiscal negotiations that will continue long after the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ is behind us.
  4. When it comes to potential House leaders, John Boehner is the best of a bad lot.  Boehner is politically savvy; he’s fundamentally pragmatic; and he’s not among the substantial number of Republicans serving in Congress just because they don’t have anything better to do while they wait for Jesus to return and smite the unbelievers.

If Boehner needs a few days of fiscal-cliff freefall to solidify his position, I hope he takes them.  Can you name any other Republican capable of (1) dealing rationally with President Obama and the Senate Democrats and (2) winning election as Speaker?

If you say Paul Ryan I will slap you.


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