Leadership is hard. But it's also perfectly natural to wonder where this leadership was on any of a dozen other issues in the past.
Party discipline is a worry for me on this. Like you, I like the strategy but I do wonder if the leadership and whips will work as hard to keep moderates in tow as they do to flog conservatives. But if they can keep it together, Zero's governing power can be crippled.
Agreed, the leadership is covering every marginal district across the nation. It’s rare that a single topic or issue, particularly one conservatives care about, galvanizes across every district. King (NY) freaked out a bit, but I think he got slapped good today.
Boehner proved that he has the votes to control the House. That sends a very, very clear message to Obama and Reid: Deal now or suffer.
The government is the Democrats constituency. How long will a welfare mom go without her check on the 3rd of the month?
DC is shut down and it’s their own tax money they’re spending. How long will that be tolerated?
This deal is over come the weekend. The Dems will break on the little bills, then the garbage starts piling up, etc. The Dems know their up against it. They only have one answer to the nations economic woes - more debt and spending. Without that, they’re not a party any more.
I think Boehner’s very, very sharp.