MSNBC broke into Hardball last night with Chris Hayes to announce that Speaker John Boehner was speaking to reporters from the White House after the leadership meeting with the president. Mr. Boehner was disappointed that President Obama refused to negotiate with him.
That’s because Mr. Boehner still kept insisting on defunding, delaying, or doing something about Obamacare and refused to take that off the table, something that the president has said was not negotiable.
The reason that Mr. Boehner is taking that stand is so that when the end comes — whenever that is — and the moderate Republicans and the Democrats finally come together and force through a continuing resolution without any Obamacare provisions attached, he can claim that he stood his ground even as it collapsed underneath him and thereby hold on to whatever dignity or relevancy he has left.
Less than two days after the government shut down, there are now more than 17 Republicans who say they’re ready to pass a bill to fund the government with no strings attached, giving the House the votes it needs to pass a clean funding bill.
All 200 Democrats would need to stick together and team up with those Republicans to pass the bill, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would have to be willing to put it to a vote, which so far he has given no indication he will do. But if he does, the votes appear to be there. The Senate would pass the bill in no time, sending it to be signed by President Barack Obama and ending the shutdown.
So it all comes down to whether or not John Boehner thinks his job as Speaker is more important than the operation of the government.