If the entire full faith and credit of the United States wasn’t at stake, it would be just plain schadenfreude fun to watch House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) trying his version of herding cats with attitudes.
House GOP leaders mounted a furious bid Wednesday to win support for legislation designed to ease the nation’s debt crisis, delivering a tongue-lashing to their most conservative lawmakers and casting Thursday’s roll call as nothing less than a vote of confidence in their stewardship of the chamber.
Republicans claimed that momentum was on their side as Boehner spent Wednesday afternoon huddling with members of the 87-strong class of freshmen that delivered him the gavel after the 2010 midterm elections. But aides and lawmakers suggested the decisive votes could belong to about two dozen veterans with no strong allegiance to their leadership. Some estimates showed nearly 20 Republicans declaring their intent to oppose the bill.
If Boehner’s re-write passes the House, it’s still DOA in the Senate.
So, what is Plan C?