I don’t know where Colby Itkowitz gets off calling a plan that has exactly one House Democratic supporter “bipartisan,” and I also don’t understand this comment that a “compromise” between the parties is necessary to reopen the government:
Dent and Kind tried to corral a significant number of more centrist Republicans, plus a sizable number of Democrats, on one proposal in an attempt to sway Boehner into a position of compromise, which is necessary to pass any legislation. Republicans control the House, while Democrats control the Senate and White House
This certainly is Charlie Dent’s view of the situation – that Democrats will have to give up something in exchange for House Republican votes to reopen the government.
But that’s ridiculous. There are 20 House Republicans who say they’d vote for a clean CR. But only apparently if John Boehner brings that to the floor, because they have not been willing to vote on any of the House Democrats’ initiatives to actually force a vote on that.
If the House “moderates” who say they’ll vote for a clean CR would just sign the Democrats’ discharge petition, then the government would reopen and Democrats actually won’t have to give up anything to the tea people.
Since Colby agrees with me that Dent’s fake “compromise” plan (in which Republicans give up nothing) is going nowhere, then she should have written about the next most likely option – the discharge petition. Why won’t Dent sign it? She didn’t ask.
Instead she let him float some nutty plan, also destined for nowhere, to pass a clean CR and the debt ceiling for 6 months so… we can do this all again in 6 months?
Fat chance! Sign the petition, admit y’all lost, and let’s move on to some less catastrophic disagreements.