John Boehner Could End The Government Shutdown Today – But He Won’t

ouse Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has been publicly arm-twisted by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) into shutting down the government over the Democrat’s refusal to destroy the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times is already labelling this “John Boehner’s Shutdown,” and the fallout seems to be landing directly on his shoulders.

Boehner is already being called one of the weakest ever House Speakers, and whispers of “Speaker Cruz” must haunt him as he pushes his party over the edge in a desperate attempt to keep some semblance of control. The shutdown is incredibly unpopular, with 72% of Americans disagreeing with the GOP strategy, and ever additional day that this debacle is dragged out is one more day that the name of the Republican Party is dragged through the mud. So what did Speaker Boehner have to say about resolving the government shutdown? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_9UI5rMz00#t=20)

Did you see him turn tail and run? He knows just how crazy the position he is taking is. Yeah, the Senate has continued to reject your offers… because not only have your offers remained consistent (you must destroy that law we don’t like, even though the presidential election was run on that issue…..and we lost), they have gotten progressively more insane.

I mean, did you have to throw the whole kitchen sink of the GOP agenda in, reproductive rights and all? And then to demand formal negotiations with the Senate an hour before the deadline after adamantly refusing just such a conference for six months….. well, it’s pretty clear that Boehner has no real interest in working with House and Senate Democrats to govern the country. He has managed to obstruct government until it has broken down completely: mission accomplished for the radical right.

Now House Republicans are coming out and saying that they would vote for a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government, and Boehner is going to have to work harder to find reasons to not bring a clean CR to a vote. After futile negotiations with the president and top Democrats in which Boehner reportedly refused to move on “fairness for the American people on Obamacare,” it looks like the government will remain shut down for the foreseeable future, or until the GOP actually implodes.

The Huffington Post published this list of Republican representatives who are willing to end the government shutdown and restore government funding with a clean CR. These are the people who could, and would, vote to open the government for business again and get back to the work of fixing up this country (that is, if the rest of their party will let them). You can check out their list HERE for further updates: Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.): “Time for a clean [continuing resolution].” [Official Twitter,

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