Endgame: House passes clean debt-ceiling hike, 221-201

posted at 6:01 pm on February 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

Voting yes: 193 Democrats and just 28 Republicans. Boehner did, as expected, find the votes. Barely.

An interesting, if predictable, mix of leadership (Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, Issa), retirees (McKeon, Coble, Wolf), and blue-state centrists (Nunes, Grimm, Peter King). Per Robert Costa, here’s how Boehner broke the news to the caucus this morning. Good luck squaring this logic with his big amnesty push:

Ahead of the midterm elections, Boehner argued that now is not the time to get drawn into weeks of dramatic headlines and fiscal battles with President Obama. “We’re not going to make ourselves the story,” he said. He spoke about the need for the party to not get mired in damaging endeavors

But they didn’t speak up or clap. Boehner just stood there for a moment after he finished, eyed the room, and walked toward his seat. On his way there, Boehner shook his head, then turned to the nearly mute crowd and wondered aloud why he wasn’t getting applause. “I’m getting this monkey off your back and you’re not going to even clap?” Boehner asked, scowling playfully at some tea-party favorites.

The last plan, to trade raising the debt ceiling for restoring COLA adjustments to military pensions that had been stripped out by Paul Ryan’s budget, simply couldn’t get 218 Republican votes. Per WaPo, Rep. Tom Cotton, a veteran and Mark Pryor’s challenger for Arkansas’s Senate seat, was especially grieved that he might be forced to vote for either a debt-ceiling hike or against restoring those military benefits. Solution: A clean hike and a separate bill on military pensions that passed this afternoon overwhelmingly, 326-90. Interestingly, Paul Ryan voted no on both, arguing that restoring the COLA adjustment meant taking money away from military readiness. He stood by his budget to the bitter end.

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Boehner Rule: Pass all contentious legislation with a minority of Republicans and a majority of Democrats.

besser tot als rot on February 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Let me be clear. There is nothing “clean” left in DC.

TheLoudTalker on February 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Man

Bmore on February 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Bad.

22044 on February 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Good thing Pelosi isn’t Speaker – amiright??

besser tot als rot on February 11, 2014 at 6:04 PM

So how is he still speaker??

sorrowen on February 11, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Whoa…

OmahaConservative on February 11, 2014 at 6:04 PM

And Speaker Boehner, there is nothing worth clapping about in DC either. Do your damned jobs, then sit down and shut the h*** up. There’s a lot of ground needed to dig yourself out of this ditch. Stop acting like a pouty school boy.

TheLoudTalker on February 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

DEFUND THE GOP!

Left_is_Wrong on February 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Since Boehner decided to flush the Hassert Rule, it’s time the rank and file House GOP flush Boehner.

Going along to get along isn’t leadership. Neither is the mess of unforced errors, missed opportunities, and being afraid of the lapdog media.

Athos on February 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

But they didn’t speak up or clap. Boehner just stood there for a moment after he finished, eyed the room, and walked toward his seat. On his way there, Boehner shook his head, then turned to the nearly mute crowd and wondered aloud why he wasn’t getting applause. “I’m getting this monkey off your back and you’re not going to even clap?” Boehner asked, scowling playfully at some tea-party favorites.


“Weepy” Boehner
must not realize no one applauded Neville Chamberlain either … then or now.

How long before a sufficient number of the caucus vote to throw this imbecile and the rest of the leadership under the bus?

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

So we Obama being well Obama and John being John…both sync at their jobs. One does things via executive feit while the other is a coward…

sorrowen on February 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Boehner should officially join the Democrats…it would at least be more honest.

sharrukin on February 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

It’s kind of hard to clap when they’re giving you the finger. Dumb ass.

phatfawzi on February 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

From the thread earlier in the day on this (nailed it, except it’s a new thread rather than an update to the previous one):

Awaiting the RINOs and non conservatives to come in and say “We have to cave here and just raise the debt ceiling, we can’t do anything to anger the media and ruin the chances of taking the senate. This is not the hill to die on, we have to live to fight another day and we can do that after winning the senate”

tcufrog on February 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

That will be the HA Update to this thread.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

ShainS on February 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Once upon a time, someone who had been so publicly humiliated would do “the right thing” …

… since Boehner has never had a clue or a principle, he we’ll need a number of people to help him.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Also Harry the communist Reid sucks to…

sorrowen on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Ba, bye.

Pardonme on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Republican = Conservative

sauldalinsky on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Mark Levin just said:

“The GOP leadership are the bankers for Barack Obama”

TarheelBen on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Under the current House GOP Leadership we have gotten:

-Multiple debt ceiling increases
-Tax increases
-Trillion dollar omnibus spending bills
-Corporate welfare and farm bill handouts
-Increases in spending via Paul Ryan budget
-No cuts in spending(the only cut was reversed)

All pushed over the finish line by Republicans

Also, we have gotten no serious attempts at repealing/defunding Obamacare and are about to get a serious amnesty push.

DO NOT ENABLE THE CURRENT HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP IN NOVEMBER! VOTE THEM ALL OUT!

tcufrog on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

So why do we have a debt ceiling?

Decoski on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Remember though: No upstarts this election cycle. Keep those retreads in office and they will face down the demorats with spines of solid steel.

There is a big GOP plan to really give it to the ‘rats and by the year 2064 all the pieces will in place and BOOM!, the Pubs pounce like a cheetah on a wounded gazelle.

Bishop on February 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Leadership change now…

sorrowen on February 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I am not voting for ANY of these idiots. I truly don’t care if a Dem wins. There is no different, and no amount of Meredith et. al are going to brow beat me this time into thinking there is.

I owe the GOP NO LOYALTY, because they don’t care squat about me and mine. Time to start building the bunker my husband talks about.

melle1228 on February 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

ShainS on February 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

It’s like clockwork. So this is the 53834th hill in a row not worth dying on. Don’t worry, hill #53835 will be THE HILL the GOP fights on! They promise this time!

tcufrog on February 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

He [Boehner] spoke about the need for the party to not get mired in damaging endeavors…

F*** the Party!

What about getting mired in damaging endeavors to the country?!?!

ShainS on February 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

These guys will walk. Repeat offenders in the Senate will walk. We’ll only go after the Democrats’ targets in tough election years when it costs the GOP majority control.

ezspirit on February 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

“Mr. Bishop, this is the RNC and we need your pledge this year. Would you like to give one hundre….Mr. Bishop, I don’t understand what’s so funny. Mr. Bish…WHOA! Is that language really necessary? All I’m trying to do is ask you fo….hello? Helloooo? Hello?”

Bishop on February 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Hey Allah:

You and Ed tried to square caving during the October shutdown on this vote. Boehner and the GOP surrender weasels caved then FOR A FIGHT HERE. Surrender to live and fight another day. Remember that stupid mantra?

Are you all liars or is there ever going to be a day of reckoning besides the one that comes from Christ’s return?

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

sharrukin on February 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I have to say sharrukin, couldn’t agree more. Some way somehow something has got to give. We are not even near the tracks anymore with this government. The people still seem disinterested. The don’t rock the boat crowd has us on the ropes. Have not seen this much dysfunctional governance in my lifetime.

(disclaimer: The words, tracks and rope are not code for anything.)

Bmore on February 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Let’s boot them out come November Mitch is already unpopular.

sorrowen on February 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Hey Allah:

You and Ed tried to square caving during the October shutdown on this vote. Boehner and the GOP surrender weasels caved then FOR A FIGHT HERE. Surrender to live and fight another day. Remember that stupid mantra?

I am a new poster here but have been a reader here for years. I do remember reading something along those lines back in October. Something like “Don’t worry, in February this will come up again and there will be more leverage” or something like that. Someone should dig up that old thread.

I have been reading here long enough to remember the same mantra back in 2011 during the continuing resolution debate. “Don’t worry, the debt ceiling fight comes in July, that is when the GOP will have all the leverage”

tcufrog on February 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

November will mark the first time in my life I vote for all DimocRats in protest of the GOPe.

Frack the GOP.

Left_is_Wrong on February 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

The Gay Old Party has just bent over, they have given up – the race card has won.

redguy on February 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

The establishment GOP has clearly become the non-infected on The Walking Dead who have given up any hope of a better world. They don’t really care if they get bitten by the zombies or not. So, they just act like zombies and hope nobody notices that they are not dead creatures without a soul. Not hard to fake when you are a member of Congress.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Why is it still not a time to remove this sack of crap from Speakership? He will do way more damage between now and elections.

riddick on February 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

DEFUND THE GOP!

Left_is_Wrong on February 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I have. I only give money to Ted.

redguy on February 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Keep in mind only 28 R’s did the treason.

Go after the guilty.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I see one bright spot. We have told there is a rabid 60 to 70 far right fire breathing wacko birds in the house. Looking at the numbers I’d say there are probably more like 200.

Primaries matter. We are winning even though its hard to tell right now. Boehner and his bunch need to go and they know they know they don’t have the caucus anymore.

DanMan on February 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

“I’m getting this monkey off your back and you’re not going to even clap?”

Why the f*ck would they clap for a plan that drives the nation deeper into bankruptcy. This statement says all you need to know about the GOP establishment RINOS.

We’ve ended an era in which a GOP minority controlled the Senate and are entering an era in which a Democratic minority controls the House.

… allied with the GOP establishment.

HondaV65 on February 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Good thing Pelosi isn’t Speaker – amiright??

besser tot als rot on February 11, 2014 at 6:04 PM

If Pelosi was Speaker, this bill would have passed….oh…wait…

timberline on February 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Bring back Hastert

FadeToBolivia on February 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

This really will spell DOOM for any establishment Presidential candidate the GOP tries to foist on us.

The Gay Old Party has screwed me, my kids, my kids kids and is now working on screwing my kids kids kids……

redguy on February 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

The people still seem disinterested. The don’t rock the boat crowd has us on the ropes. Have not seen this much dysfunctional governance in my lifetime.

Bmore on February 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

People have their own lives to live and most only pay partial (if any) attention to politics. That doesn’t mean they aren’t aware of what is going on. The utter contempt for congress in poll after poll suggests that ordinary disintrested folks do understand some of the situation, though Obama’s relection would be the counter-point to that.

When things go bad you may see that underlying hostility become much more obvious.

sharrukin on February 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Keep in mind only 28 R’s did the treason.

Go after the guilty.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Starting with Boner…..

I think the fire breathers will begin in earnest to toss his azz.

redguy on February 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Worst Speaker ever.

blue13326 on February 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Bonehead and the rest of them didn’t do this without the approval of the GOP “leadership”.

In November my votes are going straight (D).

Left_is_Wrong on February 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

That pesky debt limit really does an excellent job of limiting the debt.

Boehner needs to go, just like he needed to go the last 157 times he caved like the squish he is.

torerodrizzle on February 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Speaker Boehner should be proud of himself…

Harry Reid praises Boehner for ‘doing the right thing’ in passing a clean debt ceiling increase.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) praised the upcoming House vote on a “clean” debt-ceiling package and suggested that House Republican leaders should next hold a similar vote on immigration reform.

Speaker Boehner, getting things done via surrender and appeasement… that’s his definition of leadership.

Athos on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Speaker Boehner, getting things done via surrender and appeasement… that’s his definition of leadership.

Athos on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Well you see, fighting the communists cuts into Boners smoking & drinking time.

redguy on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Ohio, we could use your help here.

ncjetsfan on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

We’ve ended an era in which a GOP minority controlled the Senate and are entering an era in which a Democratic minority controls the House.

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) February 11, 2014

Boom.

People are starting to get it. We never won the 2010 elections, the Democrats did.

Doomberg on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Now even the sky isn’t the limit to out of control spending.

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

So why do we have a debt ceiling?

Decoski on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Bread and circuses …

[It's simply become an ever-incresing debt floor ...]

ShainS on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I have been reading here long enough to remember the same mantra back in 2011 during the continuing resolution debate. “Don’t worry, the debt ceiling fight comes in July, that is when the GOP will have all the leverage”

tcufrog on February 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

LOL – yeah! And remember when Boehner said “We’re gonna kick their asses!”

???

Then he went to the White House and parlayed 60 Billion in cuts down to 400 million!

Ah … good times – good times.

HondaV65 on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

LOL – yeah! And remember when Boehner said “We’re gonna kick their asses!”

HondaV65 on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I think Boner just kicked his own ass…….

redguy on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Keep in mind only 28 R’s did the treason.

The Apache is correct. The Peter King crowd is shrinking.

DanMan on February 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

I think it’s time to bring back the tar and feathers.

Abel on February 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

The Navy had the right idea when they booted Boehner out after 6 weeks.

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

sharrukin on February 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

14 fast approaches, I’m not seeing it yet.

Bmore on February 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

The “debt ceiling” is anything but a ceiling. It’s there just to appease the unsuspecting voting public. It serves no purpose as it is always raised.

Boehner, et. al., are turning me into a cynic. How I wish I was in his district so I could vote against him.

sadatoni on February 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

The GOP “conditions” for a debt ceiling hike were nothing but a dog and pony show, anyway.

The GOP was always going to cave and pass a clean increase. Boehner knew it, Pelosi knew it, and Obama knew it.

The only thing that changed was House leadership figuring out the base wasn’t buying their BS anymore.

I have no effective representation in Washington. We have a fascist White House, a Democrat Senate, and a Democrat House. 2010 was a waste of time and effort, and so is 2014.

DRayRaven on February 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Why the f*ck didn’t they just go all in and add a couple of riders like amnesty, unlimited changes to O’care, raise the minimum wage and maybe some taxes to boot.

antipc on February 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Why is it still not a time to remove this sack of crap from Speakership? He will do way more damage between now and elections.

riddick on February 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I’m willing to bet the conservatives are planning a coup as we speak. This was probably the last straw. He can’t control his caucus – he’s weak. They know it.

HondaV65 on February 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

STOP

SPENDING

MY

F’ING

MONEY

ON

CRAP !

TX-96 on February 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

My congressman-Neugebauer-voted the right way. He usually does vote the right way. The problem is while he’s voting the right way-he has no fire. He doesn’t want to make waves.
Well-voting correctly isn’t good enough anymore. TX 19 needs a passionate defender of conservative values.
Come early March, we might get one.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

How long until we cleanse the GOP of the RINOs ? I really can’t say who is dumber, the white guy who votes for Boner or the black person who votes for Maxine Waters.

rik on February 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

A Few days ago my husband referred to Boehner as a ‘lush’.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

So why do we have a debt ceiling?

Decoski on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Unfortunately, when spending bills are written, no money is allocated to cover the spending these bills demand. Then when the bills come due, Congress has a hissy fit about the spending. They should have considered that when they wrote these bills. Stupid as stupid gets.

timberline on February 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Vichy Republicans!

redware on February 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Why the f*ck didn’t they just go all in and add a couple of riders like amnesty, unlimited changes to O’care, raise the minimum wage and maybe some taxes to boot.

antipc on February 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

They don’t need to – they’ve given Obama defacto approval to amend the laws they pass on his own. Obama can just write all that in when he gets the law for signature.

But why would he? He can still use those issues to torment the establishment.

HondaV65 on February 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Sad. I really like Paul Ryan but this nonsense about cutting readiness is just stupid. Find the money elsewhere. You don’t retroactively punish people because DC can’t get their sh** together.

jawkneemusic on February 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

The last plan, to trade raising the debt ceiling for restoring COLA adjustments to military pensions that had been stripped out by Paul Ryan’s budget, simply couldn’t get 218 Republican votes.

Or maybe it could, which is why it wasn’t never brought up for a vote.

xblade on February 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Why is it still not a time to remove this sack of crap from Speakership? He will do way more damage between now and elections.

riddick on February 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

If you blame this solely on Bohener you are not fixing the issue. If you were to change the Speaker today you would end up in exactly the same place we are now. The issue, more than Bohener alone, is that group of big spending Rinos (30 or so) that just voted to with the Democrats earlier today. Without them there is no R majority in the House.

So, before replacing the Speaker, there needs to be a cleansing of the party from the guys whose only difference with Democrats is that they like big spending on different programs. Unless you get rid of these “Republicans” who just want to keep their jobs for another decade, who want to avoid arguments against Obama for how they will be painted in the media, who want to spend more because they have their pet projects and want to spend more, and that will sabotage their own party whenever the idea of doing the opposite is mentioned, then just replacing the speaker will change nothing. The list is above.

You can’t just look at this in a bubble and focus solely on Bohener. Then you would be treating the symptoms and not the disease.

ptcamn on February 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

So why do we have a debt ceiling?

Decoski on February 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

To remind us we don’t have a budget as required by the constitution.

Meremortal on February 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

US debt ceiling debate 2013-2014
1h
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., votes no on the debt limit bill – @frankthorpNBC
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Sheesh, let’s try it in English this time:

Or maybe it could, which is why it was never brought up for a vote.

xblade

xblade on February 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

So now the Gelded Old Party has to win both the House and Senate in 2014.Got a feeling the GOP establishment has pissed off just enough conservatives so that will never happen.

redware on February 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I’m willing to bet the conservatives are planning a coup as we speak. This was probably the last straw. He can’t control his caucus – he’s weak. They know it.

HondaV65 on February 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Agreed. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if the liberal Republicans are quietly talking about a coup attempt too. A show of weakness from Boehner weakens their grip on power.

Doomberg on February 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

November will mark the first time in my life I vote for all DimocRats in protest of the GOPe.

Frack the GOP.

Left_is_Wrong on February 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Bonehead and the rest of them didn’t do this without the approval of the GOP “leadership”.

In November my votes are going straight (D).

Left_is_Wrong on February 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

You do not have to vote “D”. Simply not voting, the ‘sit this one out’, is enough and quantifiable by analysts.

You still have to look yourself in the mirror to shave, you know.

M240H on February 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Not too long ago all the amnesty shills were cheering because they thought Boehner was large and in charge after the Murray-Ryan budget deal. Boehner is once again on very thin ice.

Wigglesworth on February 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

United States
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US House passes debt limit increase to permit Treasury to borrow freely through March 15, 2015; bill goes to Senate – @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/gop-mulls-raising-debt-limit-undoing-pension-cut

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

It only took them to blink once for Obama to know he owns them.

p0s3r on February 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

My voting days may be over…sigh…

Aplombed on February 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Boehner didn’t have 218 votes to attach ANY riders – keystone, risk corridors, military pension.

He was abandoned by left and right within his own caucus, the fruits of the October disaster peddled by Cruz, Lee, SCF, heritage. Because it is routinely forgotten by his critics, there would be no GOP majority without BOTH the moderates and the hard-liners; the GOP house leadership is about 12 votes short of a functioning center-right majority.

What else is he supposed to do? Allow a default?

matthew8787 on February 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM

The federal government has obviously failed in dealing with the national debt. This situation will only continue to get worse, as Congress and the President demonstrate that they cannot control spending.

oldennis on February 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Gutless COC pandering wimps, go to he!!. Absolutely no whining when you don’t take the Senate and end up losing the House.

antipc on February 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I wish people would be reasonable. The only alternative to what Boehner did is to lose the 2014 election which we could win by being sane. Are we really that suicidal?

thuja on February 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

What else is he supposed to do? Allow a default?

matthew8787 on February 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM

YES

sharrukin on February 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

OK,

We are out on night combat walk in the other peoples woods.

The Major who sent us is back in the Officers Club playing cards and drinking.

The Lt. is a newbe just out of ROTC and green as hell.

The commies have a spy in the fob operations hgts who knows our insert point and where we are to get a out lift.

The only thing we have is each other. If we start looking out just for ourselves and not keeping unit togetherness and start doing dumb things out of fear and or distrust we are for sure doomed.

Stay alert, keep the good guys we have up in D.C. walking point.
Make sure we have enough ammo for a long drawn out fight.
If any of U.S. find one of the unit not carrying their weight and or dealing with the “others” we have to cull them out.

Watch for those who sow discord in the unit at rest stops and over night bivwacks.

You can not win unless you are in the fight.

Ambushes are a good thing if your the one who does it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Anybody have a list of the 28 Quislings who voted for this flat bill? Would like to know if anyone happens to be local so I use my vote accordingly.

zacmidnigh on February 11, 2014 at 6:38 PM

US debt ceiling debate 2013-2014
1h
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., votes no on the debt limit bill – @frankthorpNBC
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Who gives a crap? They are in cahoots. When a Rep. needs a little cover -like Ryan does for being an amnest a**hole traitor- they’ll him make a vote that is supposed to make us think “Hey, maybe this guy really is principled!” while knowing it’s a one vote that won’t change the outcome.

F*** these a**clowns.

M240H on February 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

On fiscal issues, I’d rather they just abstain and let the dems kill the economy on their own. Same for Obamacare (re: Byron York’s earlier article at the Washington Examiner); forget repeal while O’s in office and forget repair forever. Just let it faceplant.

At this point, the GOP should fight to uphold the conservative values on social issues, and scream loudly regarding fiscal issues while refusing to vote on them. The sooner we go under, the sooner we can start the climb upward. At least so long as the citizenry can clearly see a contrast in parties, that is.

BKeyser on February 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

It should be clear now, that the problem with current establishment republicans, is not that they chose not to “die on this hill”…

It’s that there’s *no hill at all* they feel worth risking their skeevy, nasty, weasel-esque, little cush government jobs on.

The only thing separating boehner and pelosi now…is a basket of crazy, and a pair of tits.

(I’m aware of the lack of capitalization…no one mentioned here is worthy of being referred to as a proper noun.)

a5minmajor on February 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

What else is he supposed to do? Allow a default?

That’s how these Boner types get reelected. What a way to think….

Aplombed on February 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

When are we going to get a GOP Speaker of the House? Haven’t seen one since Newt and he was barely one.

bgibbs1000 on February 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

What else is he supposed to do? Allow a default?

matthew8787

Ahh yes, the old default canard.

xblade on February 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

I live in a conservative district in a conservative state-so I WILL be voting GOP this year…but if I lived anywhere else…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

One thing sure, John Boehner is a weak man.

Do not fear him nor allow him to not hear from U.S..

things like http://www.katrinaforcongress.com/

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

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