Poor John Boehner. Now I know why he cries all the time. I would cry too if I were responsible for leading a group of governing officials who don’t believe in government.
The Republican-led House of Representatives has given new credibility to an old definition for the word insanity, you know, the one about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you thought the 42 times that House Republicans voted unsuccessfully to repeal Obamacare may have taught the GOP a lesson regarding their party’s efficacy, you would be mistaken. Yesterday, the House submitted a budget proposal three times with the same stop-Obamacare clause. For the 43rd, 44th, and 45th time, their tiresome efforts were rejected.
But this time the insanity is not symbolic and the consequences are not just fodder for John Stewart.
So what’s next? Try number 46? Sort of, according to Boehner.
Jamie Dupree gives an insightful run down of what’s next:
On Tuesday morning, the Senate is expected to reject the latest offer from the House, including that request for a joint House-Senate conference committee to work out differences on a stop gap budget.
“The best path forward right now is for both chambers to convene a formal conference committee where we can resolve our differences,” said House Speaker John Boehner.
The request for that committee amplifies the GOP talking point in recent days that Democrats and President Obama are refusing to negotiate on the Obama health law and other issues.
But it also served to remind reporters of something else, as Senate Democrats have repeatedly asked for House-Senate negotiations on the budget resolution, the non-binding document that sets out the parameters of the budget debate.
18 times since April, GOP Senators have objected to Democratic efforts to start negotiations on the budget resolution, while Speaker Boehner has refused to appoint conferees for those talks.
So the Democrats offered to negotiate a budget resolution 18 times as a measure to prevent a government shutdown, and they were denied each time. Perhaps this was the Democrats’ own version of insanity, hoping the GOP would negotiate without holding the entire federal government hostage.
Today, the hostage has been shot, and now Republicans want to negotiate. A new example of insanity, I suppose.