Mistermix: I Would Curse in Fluent Kangaroo:
Benen and Drum both link to this Robert Costa fellow… a Dr. Dolittle who can figure out what the Tea Party animals are going to allow John Boehner to do. His latest take….
The House passes a “defund CR,” throws it to the Senate, and waits to see what Senator Ted Cruz and his allies can do. Maybe they can get it through, maybe they can’t. Boehner and Cantor will be supportive, and conservative activists will rally.
But if Cruz and company can’t round up the votes… the House leadership will likely ask Republicans to turn their focus to the debt limit, avert a shutdown, and pass a revised CR--a stopgap spending bill that doesn’t defund Obamacare.
Love that “if” in the second paragraph–-have two letters ever done heavier lifting?… We know that there are between 49-87 Republicans who will join in with Democrats and vote on something sane. The question is whether this vote will happen before or after a government shutdown. The Noam Scheiber piece that DougJ mentioned yesterday says that this vote will occur after a shutdown and he’s probably right.