First of all, it looks like the CRomnibus is in big trouble and that is good news. It seems more likely than not that the bill is going down, which is the best result here. But if the House is not able to get a bill passed that keeps the government running, you can blame no one but Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy PelosiHouse Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% for this.
Pelosi, after all, brokered the deal with House Republicans which conceded the inclusion of the Dodd-Frank fix and the Convention funding in the CRomnibus bill. Whether you like those provisions or not, that was the agreed upon price for the GOP essentially folding on everything budget-wise for the next nine months. She promised to deliver a certain number of Democrat votes in order to cover for anticipated Republican defections on this terrible bill.
Now that the chips are down, Pelosi has essentially put up a giant sign encouraging Democrats to renege on their promises made to the GOP leadership. The chances of a coalition holding together through the CRomnibus fight is now very small indeed.
Again, GOP leadership deserved to have this happen to them, as we have said here repeatedly. When you make a deal that depends on the good faith of Congressional Democrats to pass, you’ve already lost. But make no mistake, if this thing sputters to its final, chaotic end, it will be because Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy PelosiHouse Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% caused Boehner to believe throughout this process that she could deliver the bill right up until the last minute and then pulled the rug out from under him.
And let us hope that now, after all this time, Boehner will learn about the wisdom of counting on Democrats to fill gaps left by those pesky conservatives when they desert his horrible budgets.