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politico: John Boehner, Eric Cantor struggle to lead House


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Jan 24, 2013
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this is probably redundent, but I think this story deserves some attention.

John Boehner, Eric Cantor struggle to lead House - POLITICO.com Print View

There are times when it looks like Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have no idea how to run the House Republican Conference.

In just two frantic days, rank-and-file House Republicans sidelined leadership’s plan to fund the government and take another nonbinding, quixotic vote on defunding President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. These Republicans said the leadership plan is too weak, lacks a long-term strategy and is akin to waving a white flag on Obamacare.

The skirmish is yet another example of how few Republicans are willing to follow Boehner and Cantor’s lead during tough legislative fights. And in practical terms, the rejection of what became known as the Cantor Plan — a continuing resolution, with an unattached provision to defund Obamacare — makes it more likely that the House and Senate will be at loggerheads with a government shutdown looming on Sept. 30.

A clearly frustrated Boehner seemed to realize that he leads a conference where no plan is quite good enough. There are frequently about 30 Republicans who oppose leadership’s carefully crafted plans — just enough to mess things up. A reporter asked him whether he has a new idea to resolve the government funding fight. He laughed and said, “No.”

“Do you have an idea?” he asked the reporters. “They’ll just shoot it down anyway.”

Rank-and-file Republicans want to hold out until the last minute of Sept. 30 on government funding, hoping that somehow the Senate Democrats who spent months on Obamacare would vote to strip it of funding. Yet following Wednesday’s announcement that a House vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government would be indefinitely delayed, Senate Democrats are watching the House and wondering how Boehner and Cantor will get themselves out of this jam.

now i have several questions. What on earth are Boehner and Cantor going to do now that their attempt to appease the hard liners of his party was shown to be a bill of false goods? my second question is will boehner realize that his caucaus cannot govern by itself and will actually try to pass a budget or continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown with help from congressional democrats and break the hestart rule again. finally i have to ask what is the conservatives endgame, what do they want to see happen in the debate over the continuing resolution to keep the government open?

anyone have any thoughts?
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