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The Obama Morning News || July 28, 2011

by Keith Koffler on July 28, 2011, 6:52 am

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.

Few if any House Democrats are expected to support the bill. Senate Majority Leader Reid said no Senate Democrats will vote for the Boehner plan.

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.

Mitt Romney says Obama is bad for business. Herman Cain apologized to Muslims for past comments.

Richard Cordray, Obama’s pick for the new consumer agency, faces an uphill battle for confirmation.

And the White House rickrolled its Twitter followers.

{ 3 comments }

Just2old July 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

I wish that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and her ilk would stop referring to the Freshman conservative representatives as “extremists”. How about we change that to “revolutionaries” like the founders. Much more accurate I think.

ol' gator July 28, 2011 at 9:35 am

McCain needs to remember there are many more “hobbits” who are very willing to dethrone him & his minions.. His time in DC will be ending after his current
term ends… these “hobbits” can actually vote !

Star July 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

I thought Hobbits were gentle, brave, and cute with their furry feet. Since when is this an insult…John, keep up.

As for Boehner, that possible plagiarist Doris Goodwin was on MTP Sun saying Joe Cannon knew how to count heads–he would ask for a “voice” and when it came back Nay, he would say, “The Nays may be loud, but the Ayes have it.” Yeah–good times. Also those old-line speakers would give members who got out of line crappy office space, she said. Boehner, she pointed out, is not like this.