your party supports legislation before you bring it to the House floor. But if it takes votesfrom the other party to pass important bills, so be it. Boehner and Hastert don't talk, soHastert couldn't apparently tell Boehner this directly.
The Senate Emerges Enhanced
Well, at least in contrast to a weaker House. By once again arriving at a deal to avertfinancial disaster after an abysmal House failure, as it has done several times now, the Senateis clearly the more functional of the two chambers. Of course, that's a relative term.
Sen. Mitch McConnell Isn't Panicking
Cutting a deal to end the impasse with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid? Maybe theKentucky senator and minority leader isn't as frightened by his Tea Party-backed primarychallenger, Matt Bevin, as people think. McConnell's last minute efforts toward compromisesuggest McConnell could be looking past Bevin and toward the general election contest withAlison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Kentucky secretary of state who's raising lots of money and polling competitively against him.
Sen. Ted Cruz Is Running For President In 2016
The Texas senator would be a strong contender for the Tea Party presidential nomination if there were one. But as the leading proponent of the strategy of shutting down the governmentin an effort to gut the Affordable Care Act, he's reduced his general election appeal. Indeed,theHoustonChronicle, which endorsed him for Senate, now has buyer's remorse.
The Hard-Liners May Have Gone Too Far
Even some conservative Republicans have had just about enough of the hard-line Tea Partymembers. And they're speaking out. Consider Rep.Charles Boustany, R-La., whotoldtheNationalJournalthat Tea Party lawmakers' "allegiance is not to the members in theconference. Their allegiance is not to the leadership team and to conservative values. Theirallegiance is to these outside Washington DC interest groups that raise money and go afterconservative Republicans."
How To Blow A Golden Political Opportunity
The irony of the fiscal fight is that the story of the terribly botched Affordable Care Actrollout has been buried by the shutdown and debt ceiling news. The lesson? If you want tolift the curtain on a monumentally glitchy major project like the enrollment process forhealth insurance under the Affordable Care Act, you'd be wise to wait until the nation iswildly distracted by a government shutdown and potential debt default.