Thursday, July 28, 2011

They may or may not have considered this in their thinking, but the House GOPers who oppose the Boehner plan may actually make it more likely that the eventual deal will contain fewer - and softer - cuts in spending than would be the case with the Boehner plan currently before the House.


For any number of reasons, Boehner is determined to make a deal to raise the debt ceiling (one reason is he thinks the GOP is going to get killed if they're seen as the culprits behind default). And if he can't get the votes from the GOP side, there is only one place he can turn to for votes... the more moderate Democrats in the House.

Do Michelle Bachman and the others who oppose the Boehner deal think the deal he makes with the Democrats will contain even more in cuts? Or push to balance the budget even faster?

Yes, guys, I too would like a whole lot more in cuts than Boehner is proposing. I'd prefer to see real cuts in spending, not merely decreases in the amount of additional spending. But by being so dogmatic, you're making it very likely that we'll end up with an even worse deal.

Now you may have decided that this is okay with you and your constituents (and your campaign contributors), that you're better off with a weak deal that you voted against than a stronger deal that you voted for.

If that's the case, so be it. But if I were in your district, I would look at you as having made the weak deal possible. You can kill the weak deal, just as you can kill the Boehner deal. It's up to you to decide which one you're going to kill.