But even so, the Teahadists were not getting in line. So the Speaker and the House Republican leadership came up with an innovative approach: Y'all bet get your ass in line so that we can hurt some people. You think I'm making it up? Oh, no no no. That's how they are trying to whip the votes in the House:
According to the Washington Post, the House GOP leadership played a short clip from the Ben Affleck movie “The Town” to rally their caucus around Boehner’s debt plan:Of course, they are pretty clear on whose car they are going to take. Yours.
But as I said yesterday, Boehner's mano-a-mano is with the American people, not with the President of the United States. And he is losing, in a massive way. According to a Pew Research Center Poll just released, support for a compromise and a balanced deal has risen by 13 percentage points since April. Not only that, a clear majority of Republicans now want a compromise, up 10 points from April.
But if the Republican voters ran the Republican party, the choice for John Boehner wouldn't be so difficult. But since the Republican attempts beginning in 2009 to take over the Teahadists, the Teabaggers seem to have taken over the Republican party instead. As the Pew poll demonstrates, the only holdout group against compromise are the Tea Party Republicans.
Look at this. Two-thirds of non-Tea Party Republicans want a compromise. And John Boehner is still trying placate them the Tea Party. We have a Speaker of the House who does not see it as his job to do what is right for the American people, or even to listen to the American people, despite his much vaunted campaign rhetoric. Heck, we have a Speaker of the House who won't even listen to the voters of his own party. He would rather bludgeon the poor some more and placate the the far fringe of his party.