A Senate Republican aide had this to say to National Review's Robert Costa about internal reaction to the impending Reid-McConnell deal:
The initial buzz wasn’t great. It was seen as a really small step forward, like a free Coke and pack of crackers. Nice, but nothing to write home about. The larger problem, particularly as we go forward for House members, is a free Coke and crackers aren’t going to cut it with Cruz, Heritage, FreedomWorks, and the Senate Conservatives Fund. They have been selling the idea they know the winning Powerball numbers and we are about to hit the jackpot. Expectations of what is achievable and what we can get out of this remain way out of whack.
Costa's takeaway: "Senators Lee, Cruz, and their allies aren’t expected to back it."
But that's OK, because as I write the House leadership is unveiling a lobotomized version of the Senate package. After all, we've 36 hours to go before the Great Default and its eponymous depression, so hell, why not start from scratch?
Boehner's tactic here is familiar: he's trying to exhaust every conceivable legislative stupidity before moving on to the Senate bill, which first, of course, must survive the Senate's stupidity. See Costa's takeaway.
I just glanced at the Dow and saw that it's down 25.63. In 48 hours it could be decimal-less, at -2,563.
Thank you, GOP. How "conservative" of you.