On the surface, it would appear that there is a rift in the Republican party, but I have my own theory on this. I believe that the GOP is playing Boehner and Cantor as good cop - bad cop, in an attempt to extract as many concessions from Obama as possible. Failing that, they will do the deal. To Obama, this probably looks like bad cop - worse cop, though. LOL.Cantor's stated resistance to a grand bargain freighted with revenue increases - and the perception that his position reflected the pulse of the GOP conference - likely influenced Boehner's decision to scuttle his pursuit of a "big deal" with Obama. Weeks earlier, Cantor's abandonment of the Biden-led negotiations were the death knell for those talks. Speculation about palace intrigue is a Washington tradition, but the rumored frost between the top two Republicans in the House could have significant impact on whether the two parties can craft an agreement to raise the debt-limit by August 2. That's particularly true if personal ambition leads either lawmaker to elevate political calculations over policy imperatives.
But, no matter what political games are afoot, a deal needs to be done, and if not, this is how it is going to play out - Independents will see Democrats attempting to compromise while Republicans remain intransigent, and will blame the GOP for the consequences of defaulting on the debt, which will be a political disaster for the Republican party. This is why I see the "Cantor-Boehner" rift as political gamesmanship, which will be put aside as the deadline draws near. Republicans may be ruthless, but they are not idiots.... Or are they? We will find out very soon.
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