Taking a break from the pressing issue of contraception, the House looks at a highway bill and can’t do shit:
In navigating the measure, however, the Speaker has confronted a familiar dilemma. Faced with conservative concerns over the price tag, he has been forced to choose whether to double down and win over the right, or to make changes that could gain Democratic support. In this case, Boehner has lost not only Democrats but a sizable chunk of more centrist Republicans from urban and suburban districts.
The reason he lost the urban/suburban Republicans is because Teabaggers stripped out mass transit funding, since Madison, Hamilton and Washington didn’t ride light rail. Boehner knows he’s in trouble:
“The American people entrusted us with the majority in the House. What we do with it us up to us,” he said. “We can use it to take steps together, one at a time, toward the vision we share. Or we can do nothing. We can squander the time we’ve been given … allowing our internal disagreements to paralyze us.”
Only the soft bigotry of low expectations would let someone think that passing a highway bill, the most bog standard piece of everyday legislation, is an indicator that the House isn’t paralyzed. Boehner knows he’s doomed to repeat 1948 and his suicide caucus won’t let him do anything about it.