I stayed up for a while last night to watch some ping pong – bills being passed by the House only to be rejected by the Senate. I didn’t last long – because it was obvious this was going nowhere. The shutdown of the federal government was on.
It sounded like there was a deal in the making, with moderate Republicans willing to vote in favor of a clean CR. Apparently, Speaker Boehner killed that. Robert Costa’s twitter feed was a tremendous source of information of what was happening in the Republican v. Republican fight. This one was telling:
Amazing to me how many House Rs sound like Dent and King behind scenes, yet when rule vote rally builds, they get cold feet and duck away—
Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) September 30, 2013
Those who try to blame this on both parties have truly not been paying attention. (Count Gov. Bob McDonnell and lot of CSPAN callers among them.) This is an intra-party fight. Unfortunately, the American people – regardless of party – are the football.
How long this shut down will last is anybody’s guess. It could very well extend to the debt ceiling fight, coming in a couple of weeks.