Posted by: Rick | Monday, April 4, 2011

Week Of The Long Knives

"Sneak into office . . . Measure drapes . . ."

All for one and one for all?  Well, maybe not:

According to sources close to the issue, during a leadership meeting this week Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) reiterated their concerns with Speaker John Boehner’s handling of the budget talks.  According to these sources, Boehner’s fellow leaders are concerned that a smaller deal will not muster the 218 Republican votes needed for passage.  In fact, several sources said that at one point McCarthy bluntly warned they would lose a significant number of GOP votes if the deal is based on $33 billion in cuts.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel downplayed the frustrations of the leadership team, chalking it up to general anxiety over the slow state of negotiations and a lack of action by the Senate.

My, those Republican sources are chatty, aren’t they?  As they say in Washington: Never let a good crisis go to waste.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a tea bag.  (The Boner should probably hold off on ordering much more of that “Ultra-Orange Speaker’s Bronzer”.)

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