From Eli Lehrer at Frum Forum:
[T]he current debt limit debate shows what the Tea Party movement (which I once basically supported) really values: being a jerk. Speaker Boehner has a close-to-perfect voting record on conservative issues, is not terribly warm in person [...] and has proposed a good, tough spending cut plan. But he has also demonstrated a modicum of willingness to work with the president and appears to want to bring the debt ceiling crisis to a close.
Eric Cantor—who may well become speaker before the end of the year—does not disagree with Boehner on any major issue including the debt plan but, unlike Boehner, Cantor is basically a jerk who is willing to work against his own Speaker, the President, the financial interests that have traditionally supported his party and, indeed, just about everyone else so long as it keeps him in the media. I’m disgusted.
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From TALKING POINTS MEMO:
After a dramatic 24 hours filled with vote delays, arm-twisting, and the Tea Party flexing its political muscle, in the end House Republicans managed to pass Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) debt bill quite easily in a party-line vote of 218 to 210.
Boehner ended up agreeing to include a balanced budget amendment — even though it has no chance of passing in the Senate. The concession was enough to attract a majority of Republicans, many of whom were elected on pledges to slash spending. The real heavy-lifting now begins between Boehner and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who must forge a compromise that can pass both chambers and be signed by the President before the rapidly approaching Aug. 2 deadline for default.
Despite the last-minute parliamentary gymnastics by GOP leaders, in the end 22 Republicans bolted. Many more wanted to but were convinced to fall in line in support of the bill.
Here’s the list of conservative Republicans who voted against the Boehner bill.
Justin Amash (MI)
Michele Bachmann (MN)
Paul Broun (GA)
Jason Chaffetz (UT)
Chip Cravaack (MN)
Scott DesJarlais (TN)
Jeff Duncan (SC)
Trey Gowdy (SC)
Tom Graves (GA)
Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Tim Johnson (IL)
Jim Jordan (OH)
Steve King (IA)
Tom Latham (IA)
Connie Mack (FL)
Tom McClintock (CA)
Mick Mulvaney (SC)
Ron Paul (TX)
Tim Scott (SC)
Steve Southerland (FL)
Joe Walsh (IL)
Joe Wilson (SC)
You might notice that every Rethug from South Carolina voted against the bill. From The State:
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling Friday evening over the protests of all five South Carolina Republicans who bucked Speaker John Boehner and most other GOP members in an extraordinary display of defiance.
With the clock ticking down toward Tuesday’s default deadline, the Democratic-controlled Senate voted later Friday evening to block the Boehner measure, throwing the fast-changing debt negotiations into disarray and locking lawmakers into a weekend showdown.
The Senate turned to an alternative debt-limit plan by Majority Leader Harry Reid, but Republicans took steps to stymie it as President Barack Obama urged Americans to pressure Congress to move past gridlock.
Like their GOP House colleagues from South Carolina, Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham voted against the Boehner legislation, saying it doesn’t force a vote on a balanced-budget amendment or create other structural brakes on federal spending.
In the House, Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn of Columbia joined his five GOP peers in opposing the debt-limit legislation, making South Carolina the only state from which all House members cast “no” votes in the 218-210 tally.
All the other 187 House Democrats who voted also opposed the Boehner measure, saying it would force cuts in Medicare and other critical programs.
But it was the public break in Republican unity from the state’s four freshman lawmakers that drew national attention and cast South Carolina as a conservative bastion of Tea Party fervor.
All 218 House members who voted for the Boehner bill were Republicans, while 22 GOP members and 198 Democrats opposed it.
That result means that South Carolina’s five Republican lawmakers accounted for almost a quarter of their party’s “no” votes, and it places them within the most conservative one-tenth faction of the party’s House conference.
If the debt limit is not raised by Tuesday, the government could default on its debt, which could trigger panic in financial markets and send the nation back into recession.