No wonder it’s been so hard to reach a deal on the budget.
As it turns out, the biggest obstacle is not getting Democrats and Republicans to agree. It’s getting Republicans to agree – on anything. Every time John Boehner says yes, Eric Cantor says no.
Publicly, Boehner and Cantor insist they agree on everything. But that’s clearly not the case.
It was Cantor, not Boehner, who was part of the Biden negotiations. And Cantor walked out.
It was Boehner, not Cantor, who said there had to be some new revenue as part of a balanced deal. But Cantor said no way.
It was Boehner, not Cantor, who met privately with the president and agreed to the broad outlines of a massive $4 trillion package of cuts and tax reform. But Cantor again said no – and Boehner was forced to pull the plug.
Clearly, President Obama will never be able to make a deal until Republicans get their stuff together. So Boehner should just resign and let Cantor take over as Speaker.
What the hell? Cantor’s already acting as Speaker. He might as well have the title.
That’s my parting shot for today.