Alas, House conservatives are uniformly grim about the Senate bill's promiscuity, but they are bickering with one another about the kind of tough, corrective measures needed. Hence some delay in their next legislative atrocity. However they do agree on one thing. From The Hill:
Members said they want a firm Feb. 7 debt-ceiling deadline in part to avoid another brush with default close to the November 2014 elections.
"I don't think anybody wants that," Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) said. "I think we want to retain as much leverage as we can to get to the next step which is real deficit reduction."
I've got to hand it to House Republicans. That's slick. The sheer ballsiness of it is really slick. For weeks they pounded the freedom-crushing, economy-killing evil of Obamacare as their sole political target--it was Obamacare and only Obamacare upon which our republic will founder--and suddenly boom!, just like that, it's gone, replaced by the freedom-crushing, economy-killing evil of (Ronald Reagan's and George W. Bush's) deficits.
For sure, Boustany isn't the first to reveal that the pea is no longer under that shell; his collegaues have been rhetorically bamboozling and bouncing around for several days now, hoping the base doesn't notice and that Democrats don't laugh too loudly. Still, the Boustanyesque line is so outstandingly offensive in its dishonesty, it's just downright impressive.
It takes me back to Mitt's Goebbelsesque campaign. Ah, memories.