a stunning blow to rusty’s leadership

TPM: With the help of 81 Democrats, the House passed legislation Thursday to fund the government through September and avoid a government shutdown. Fifty-nine Republicans defected from GOP leadership, leaving Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) woefully short of the necessary majority to pass the bill without Democratic help. The final vote was 260-167.

The fact that Boehner needed nearly 40 Democratic votes to pass the resolution and avoid a government shutdown was a stunning blow to his leadership, especially after he shut House Democrats out of budget negotiations and just a few days ago dismissed the need to secure any Democratic votes.

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Thank you Maji 😉

167? But as Maji said, Rusty promised this would be a ‘no-go’ if he couldn’t get 218 Republicans to vote for it. Oh dear.

17 Responses to “a stunning blow to rusty’s leadership”

  1. 1 UT Austin Liberal
    April 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    HA-HA HA-HA HA-HA (says Nelson from The Simpsons while pointing at the WEEPER-OF-THE-HOUSE) Hey Guys did you hear that the CBO scored the budget deal reached between President Obama, The Dems and The Repubs and it actually amounted to $352 million in cuts and not $38 billion. I was watching Morning Joe this morning and Joe almost went apoplectic over this piece of news. I say this to the Professional Left; Who’s the CHUMP now? Certainly not President Obama 😆

  2. 2 dotster
    April 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    OT, but just saw Air Force I land in Chgo, saw President Obama shaking hands with local pols and others. Local news just warned commuters to get going or wait till later—much. He’s heading to 2 downtown restaurants for fundraisers, 250 expected at each (big bucks) and then to Navy Pier for a fundraiser/event with the younger generation.

  3. 3 kelly
    April 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA HA HA HA!!!Clown bwahahahahahaha. Can’t wait for Nancy to get her spot back.

    Guys, I saw my first OBAMA2012 bumper sticker today. We were on the freeway and I wanted to take a pic so bad of the little blue Prius weaving so proudly with the bumper sticker on it, but the car was moving like the wind. I can’t wait to get my campaign stuff. 😀

  4. 4 Bobfr
    April 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    As everyone here knows, the deficit vote and the 2012 Budget vote are going to be much, much harder for Boehner to contort. He had a shot a halting the government last Friday.

    He actually did the appropriate thing for the sake of the American people – a shutdown would have been very harmful.

    But, that shutdown pales in comparison to defaulting on the Nation’s debt – just can’t happen and even the most toxic of his masters (e.g., Koch Brothers) know that a default would severely hurt them the only place that matters – their wallet.

    So, Boehner’s left with the 2012 Budget vote and the stark reality that if he tries to preserve Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy – his one and only obvious objective – he will fail. If he tries shutdown brinksmanship, then thanks to the preemptive stance the President took yesterday, the Republicans will be cast as being willing to damage our econonmy for one purpose – ‘more money for the wealthy, the hell with everyone else and granny you betcha that means you.’

    That Boehner actually had a bunch of the frustrati/PL rooting for a shut-down was the likely the only time he’ll have that type of cover. By the time we get to the 2012 Budget vote, the stark contrast between Republican and Democratic values will be obvious to even those dimwits. Sure, a few of them may hate President Obama so much they’d continue being the gigantic fools they’ve clearly demonstrated themselves to be (I’m talking to you Ed, Cenk, Ariana), but the bulk of the left, the vast majority of the center and Independents, and probably a non-trivial number of Republicans, we’ll have had it with Boehner and his teabagger band of crazies.

    Shut-down the government, having done nothing legislatively to create JOBS (the mandate they got in 2010) – because millionaires and billionaires are going to have to pay their fair share of taxes – Boehner (and any Republican member of the House with even the slightest interest in returning in Jan 2013) knows that’s a no-win for him. Better to just face the inevitable teabagger in the primary and hope his machine in the 8th OH District can round up the votes.

    • 5 Dorothy Rissman
      April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      I truly cannot believe I am saying this, BUT–compared to the new comers, Boner is being pretty decent. At least he seems to understand the seriousness of all of this. He will probably be challenged in 2012, and that is fine. My hope is that if he decides to run again, and has a challenger, perhaps a dem will be elected in his district.

    • 7 kelly
      April 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      True words Bobfr. From his “Oh my I got a drubbing” speech to his “lets compromise” mantra, to the epicness of yesterday’s speech, president Obama has played them all beautifully. To our dear Tea party and PL guests, welcome to the world of how people who truly have had to fight, scrap and work hard for everything they accomplish in life compared to the usual entitled suspects work. Nothing happens overnight so I stand with my pragmatic POTUS Obama.

      • 8 Bobfr
        April 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        Kelly, it is indeed a major differentiating aspect of all that we see the President doing – key word – DOING.

        He is a shinning example of the American Dream made real through a life-time of commitment to being a better person, and that is the reason, through the incessant onslaught of a rabid right wing media and unhinged leftists, that most Americans like him, and the majority of Democrats, many Independents and not a few Republicans approve of his performance as President.

        All the best.

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      April 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      Bobfr, I always enjoy and respect your perspectives. I have little true patience for the machinations of politics, so analysis like yours both informs me and eases my emotional frustrations. Always happy to see your comments.

      • 10 Bobfr
        April 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm

        Kind of you to share that something I’ve written is helpful to you. We all are living in incredibly interesting and, indeed, frustrating times.

        The part of it I’ll never quite comprehend is that after the utterly disastrous 8 years of Bush II, how any person even remotely aware of the suffering caused to so many would attack a person who has not only rescued America from a second massive depression, but restored our credibility in the world, saved two of our major manufacturers, launched a whole new generation of clean energy manufacturing, did something for health care that no President during the previous 50 years came close to achieving, ended DADT, …..

        And, yet, there they are – as loud, hateful, and disconnected from reality as the teabaggers they mock – attacking President Obama. That, on election night 2010, is something I could never have predicted!

        Fortunately for us, President Obama is just who we recognize him to be – empathetic, focused on enabling the American dream for everyone, robustly skilled in politics, deeply aware of who he is, honest with himself and all of us, and while truly caring for the unhinged (they are Americans and he is their President), he also grants them zero recognition as to having any credibility. I’d advise we all treat them similarly.

      • 11 Anonymous
        April 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm

        Hi Sue,

        I had posted a little note in response to your kind comment and haven’t seen it appear. Maybe it will later but wanted to be sure you know I appreciate it.

  5. 12 Yardarm
    April 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    A classic example of an alligator mouth overloading a hummingbird ass!

    • 13 majii
      April 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      LOL. Yardarm, that’s soooooo sweet! The image it evokes in my mind is beyond humorous! I’d like to borrow it and use it in the future because it describes Boehner perfectly!! 🙂 🙂

  6. 15 barb
    April 15, 2011 at 1:22 am

    In all honesty, I have to say that I’d rather have Boehner there rather than a freshman TP (toliet paper) as the leader. I think it may be a rude awakening for him to know that President Obama and the Dems treats him better than those haters on his side.

    I think that picture would be better if he was blowing his nose with a kleenex.

  7. 16 anniebella
    April 15, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Boehner is being lead or boss by the Tea Party.

  8. 17 Titti
    April 15, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Poor Rusty – NOT!! Not a leader but a follower.

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