Thursday, July 28, 2011

Boehner's Not-So-Good Day Yesterday Makes Catastrophe All the More Likely

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) didn't have an especially good day yesterday.

The embattled Speaker hoped to spend Tuesday shoring up support for his right-wing budget proposal, ignoring opposition from Senate Democrats and a veto threat from President Obama. Boehner scheduled a vote for today, and with sufficient support from his own caucus, the Ohio Republican could dare Dems to reject his ridiculous plan.

But Boehner's plans quickly unraveled. Fourteen House Republicans announced their opposition, and many more said they were leaning in that direction. Powerhouse far-right activist groups -- including the Club for Growth, the Heritage Foundation, the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity, and the "Cut, Cap, and Balance Coalition" -- also pressured GOP lawmakers to reject the Speaker's measure.

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