There’s a preferable alternative to shutting the government down — ask Sens. DeMint and Toomey.
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Republicans also must find the wisdom and courage to coalesce around a deal breaker of their own, which cannot be one among the Democrats’ deal breakers and also must receive unanimous backing by every Republican in both Houses. The only rider in the mix that can satisfy both conditions is the Vitter/DeMint/Toomey debt-limit restoration rider.
So, here’s the deal. House Speaker Boehner finds a House sponsor for the Vitter/DeMint/Toomey debt-limit restoration amendment and enlarges the class of Big Riders from four to five in the House. He then lets Senate Majority Leader Reid know the House intends to pass all five of its Big Riders but they all will be subject to negotiation in the House-Senate Conference Committee on the bill.
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader McConnell lets Majority Leader Reid know Republicans will demand another vote on the Vitter/DeMint/Toomey debt-limit amendment to the CR when it comes to the Senate floor. Further, McConnell tells Reid that even if that amendment fails on the Senate floor, Republican conferees nevertheless will support Democrat conferees in dropping four of House’s five Big Riders if Senate Democrat conferees in turn support the House’s debt limit restoration rider.
In Conference, the House recedes to the Senate position on the original Big Four House riders (i.e., strips them from the bill) while the Senate recedes, if necessary, to the House position on the debt-limit rider, keeping it in the bill.
Go ahead, Republicans, offer Democrats this deal they can’t refuse.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?