John Boehner rounds up the votes for his debt limit plan
-Headline of the Day-
"Payback may be coming for congressman's 'disloyalty'."
Right now, Speaker Boehner is trying to round up enough votes to get his debt limit plan out of the House of Representatives. This is super-important, despite the fact that it will then go to the Senate to die. Yeah, Boehner's wasting everyone's time, but so what? It's super-important that this thing get passed. Why? STOP ASKING QUESTIONS!
Anyway, it really, really tight as of this writing. He's basically one vote short -- but he knows one place he might get it. And that place is Rep. Jim Jordan's Ohio district. See, the census has Ohio getting fewer congressional districts and Republicans in that state back Boehner. Jordan's a Tea Party nutjob, so he supports a more crash-and-burny approach to the debt limit, defying Boehner's calls for a just-burny solution. As a result, Ohio Republicans are threatening to draw him out of the new congressional district maps.
"He doesn't know it, but he solved a problem for Republican line-drawers by (figuratively) standing up and saying, 'I'm a jerk and I deserved to be punished,'" says an anonymous source. So it's get in line or be eaten.
Republican cannibalism; one of the more fearsome sights a cruel Mother Nature has to offer. (Columbus Dispatch)
-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, Dogboy and Mr. Dan are back and they're going to talk about the debt ceiling! Yay!
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We have to destroy America to save it! (MarkFiore.com)
"Rep. Paul Broun Urges Debt-Addicted America To 'Give Up Its Country Club Membership'"
And while you're at it, knock it off with all the Lear Jets. (Wonkette)