Earth to Boehner: You’re only in charge of part of the government

So, with the clock running out, and after walking away from a grand bargain that would have been the most conservative deficit-reduction deal ever, this is what Speaker of the House John Boehner comes up with as his attempt to avert global financial disaster: A unilateral plan that he knows will be rejected by the U.S. Senate.

Earth to John Boehner: Despite the much-hyped Republican wave of 2010, Republicans control only one-half of two-thirds of the government. That is enough to block action on anything you want – even something like increasing the debt ceiling, something done 87 times before without a real hint of drama, and something you did seven times during the Bush administration without blinking an eye.

But control of the House of Representatives does not give you the ability to actually accomplish anything without bipartisan approval. You might be able to say on Fox News, “I would prefer to have a bipartisan approach to solve this problem. If that is not possible, I and my Republican colleagues in the House are prepared to move on our own.” But in the real world, certainly you know that a) if a bipartisan approach is impossible, it is because you and your Republican colleagues have made it impossible by refusing to budge even a little in negotiations with the president and b) that it is literally impossible for you and your Republican colleagues in the House to move on your own. You can’t pass anything on your own. Go back to high school freshman civics. You have to get buy-in from both the Senate and the president to pass anything. And your two-stage plan that promises a repeat of this drama next year is rightly unacceptable to them.

You can say,  “I know the president’s worried about his next election. But my God, shouldn’t we be worried about the country?” But you know that you and you alone are standing in the way of what’s best for the country. You and your Republican colleagues could do your part to pass a clean increase to the debt ceiling first thing tomorrow morning if you hadn’t all lost your ever-loving minds.

There have been countless bipartisan offers and overtures that could keep us from going over this cliff. You’ve refused every single one of them.

If you allow this to happen, it will be all on the Republican Party. You will have shot the hostage. That usually doesn’t end well for the bad guy, either. And make no mistake, in this, you and your insane Republican caucus are the bad guys, holding America hostage unless you get your way, completely and utterly. And that is not going to happen.

Increase the damn limit. Do it now. As you say, “But my God, shouldn’t we be worried about the country?” If you truly were worried about the country, you would make that happen, at whatever personal or political cost it required. Step up. Do what you were elected to do. Govern. Avert a global financial disaster by doing your job.

Time is up.

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