Over in Mike Allen’s political newsletter:
STATE OF PLAY, from a top Dem.: ’The press will obsess about [today’s House] vote [on the Boehner Two-Step], but at best it is an exercise in political machismo, at worst it is the beginning of the most irresponsible act in Congressional history. The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate — at least 58 senators are on record saying they won’t support it. That’s worse than Ryan and cut, cap and balance. Once the vote is over, Speaker Boehner needs to begin immediately working on a way out of the mess Cantor created. If he doesn’t, we could be in big trouble. There are dozens of possible compromises — he just has to take one. Reid, McConnell and the White House have plenty of options. The question is: Will he choose compromise for the sake of the country, or political grandstanding for the sake of his caucus?’
Boehner’s plan cuts less that the two preceding proposals, yet it’s deemed “worse than Ryan and cut, cap and balance” by Senate Democrats. The more Boehner concedes in smaller cuts, the more intransigent the Democrats get. There is no pleasing these people.
Fine, Senate Democrats. Let’s vote on the Obama plan. You do have copies, right?