Boner vs Ball-less

Unconfirmed sources report that Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor are in stable condition this morning after a late night auto accident. The accident occurred when the vehicle, a classic convertible driven by Cantor, plunged into the Potomac after hitting the Debt Ceiling. The pair miraculously survived the crash, but they both received serious injuries to their credibility. — [via]

So John Boner, after hours of tear-drenched arm-twisting, gets enough of his ‘Pubs (and zero ‘Crats) to pass a debt-default bill which he and everybody else knew going in would be rejected by the Senate.  With the deadline looming, they achieved nothing in the way of a solution, and wasted precious time.

This is pure political posturing at a time when leadership is critical.  Now Boner and his cult can say they did their job, it’s the President’s fault.

There is considerable muttering about a clause in the 14th Amendment that would allow Obama to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling.  The President has already dismissed this approach, saying “the lawyers aren’t comfortable with it,” which is such stinking hooey it makes me spit: “the lawyers” will tell the President whatever the President wants.  Remember those legal findings about torture, and how “quaint” the Geneva conventions would seem?

Besides, just brandishing the option would be helpful as a negotiating tool.  “Listen, fellas, you get me an agreement I can live with by Sunday night or I’m doing this all by myself and you’ll get nothing but two years of additional litigation trying to unring the bell.”  This is what Bill Clinton told him he would to do if it were up to him.  But Obama doesn’t roll that way.  He has fewer balls than a chickenyard of capons, and he’s not half the politician the job requires him to be.

When the nation goes into default, the very first payments delayed should be Congressional salary checks.  That almost makes it worthwhile.

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3 Responses to Boner vs Ball-less

  1. Good piece.

    Bur remember Clinton was white. They think better with their head. Ask Monica.

  2. Beardsley says:

    I fear this really is the beginning of a very grim era in world history. Economic data are roaring threats of severe hardship and recession, and there is absolutely not a shred of leadership on the horizon, let alone the kind of courageous and visionary help that’s needed. On the news wires today there’s a piece by former Sen Tom Daschle noting that even if an agreement were reached today, by the time it worked its way through the August 2 deadline would have passed, triggering all sorts of economic penalties and roiling markets that propel us further into chaos.

    Given my age, it would not surprise me if I never see the world economy back on its feet.

  3. Hose B says:

    It’s Bush’s fault.

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