House Speaker Boehner and other GOP leaders ordered the rank and file to get in line behind Boehners deficit reduction bill, casting today’s roll call as nothing less than a vote of confidence on their leadership. Boehner has gone from compromiser to arm twister.
Here is what will and what might happen today.
Lawmakers and interest groups are trying to capitalize on the crisis to fill their coffers.
Sen. John McCain derided “Tea Party Hobbits” and says conservatives would end up helping reelect President Obama if they reject the House Republican plan to raise the debt ceiling.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the Democratic National Committee, said House Republicans are trying to impose “dictatorship” through their tactics in the debt-ceiling negotiations.
Meanwhile, the economy is busy decelerating even before the effects of the crisis kick in.
Obama is making an agressive effort to reassure his base.
Sarah Palin will keynote an Iowa Tea Party gathering in September, right around the time she’s supposed to decide if she’s running.
Richard Cordray, Obama’s pick for the new consumer agency, faces an uphill battle for confirmation.
And the White House rickrolled its Twitter followers.