Speaker of the House John Boehner wants you to believe that the Republican Party is something other than dead weight. PHOTO: Reuters
The Republican Party passed a bill through the House of Representatives which may appear to be an actual piece of legislation, but is actually just the GOP doubling down one more time on being dead weight. The bill does two things: keeps the government funded and defunds Obamacare. It has exactly zero chance of making it through the Senate, and every official in the Republican Party knows it, including Speaker of the House John Boehner, who said this at the bill signing:
“Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don’t want the government shutdown and they don’t want Obamacare.”
Boehner has a really hard sell on his hands, because anyone paying an ounce of attention here knows that the Republican Party is responsible for any government shutdown that happens. And by the way, the government will shut down on October 1st if the House and Senate can’t agree on a bill to keep it running. The Senate is happy to pass a bill that simply keeps the government running. It is the Republican controlled House that insists on tying in Obamacare. By passing a bill eleven days before that deadline that has no chance of becoming law, the Republican Party is just enjoying the thrill of being a brazen hostage-taker (the hostage being the government itself).
The Republican Party is driven by the Tea Party these days, and the Tea Party won’t tolerate negotiations with Democrats, especially if the word “Obamacare” has entered the picture (which it really didn’t have to here). Now, each member of the GOP has to decide if they want to vote against Obamacare (which all but one did) or risk losing their job to a Tea Party challenger in the next election. The end result is that almost every elected official in the Republican Party will keep their job, but the party as a whole consciously chooses to be dead weight.