“Let me remind you that Republicans control one-half of one-third of our government. It's never been lost on me that because we only control the House there are a lot of other players that we need to work with in order to come to any agreement to keep the government open. But I'm confident that we'll be able to find a way to cut spending -- which we believe will lead to a better environment for business to hire people in America -- and keep the government open.” — House Speaker John Boehner¹
To deal with the Devil you know (i.e., the Democrats) or the Devil who's ****ing insane (i.e., the radical Republican reactionaries). Choices. Choices.
Excerpted from “Boehner Tips His Hand, Hints At Deal With Democrats On Spending” Brian Beutler, TPMDC, March 16, 2011, 12:27PM
If Tuesday's vote had failed, it would in all likelihood have touched off a government shutdown. That's an outcome Boehner wants to avoid. But to pass the spending resolution, he couldn't rely on his caucus alone -- the 54 defectors in his caucus, who drew a line in the sand in pursuit of much more drastic cuts and far-right policy measures, meant that he needed Democratic votes to get it done.
That's a no-win situation for him. He'll have to choose between bending to the will of the right flank of his party, and precipitating a government shutdown, or cutting a deal with the White House and congressional Democrats, and further alienating his base. …