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The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama
Tea party groups have been making their feelings known in Washington.
July 26th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is in a tough position: between a rock and a hard place, wedged squarely into a corner.

On one side, he has President Obama painting him as a stubborn teenager who is unwilling to meet halfway on the debt ceiling.

On the other side, he has the small but powerful tea party freshman class in the House, many of whom are unapologetic in their desire not to give an inch on tax increases and are quite willing to push the negotiations to - and possibly over - the edge.

Then, he has his No. 2, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who has been at his side through the crisis but has also been seen as the aggressive, rising leader of the new, young, conservative minority in Congress.

And then there are his constituents in Ohio and fans across the country, many of whom are flooding his office with calls of support, overwhelming the number of calls against the congressman.

"It comes down to the willingness (of Republicans) to stand together," Boehner said. "This is the path to victory for the American people."

Boehner, meanwhile, is trying to get his party through this crisis politically intact, corralling a group of House Republicans and tamping down criticism from tea party groups squarely opposed to his proposal to tackle the country's debt crisis.

His plan - roughly $3 trillion in cuts and raises to the debt ceiling in two stages - is being attacked from the right by Republicans who don't think it goes far enough in reforming government spending. And he has been unable to secure enough support from Democrats by sweetening the bill with enough of what they want to offset the tea party conservatives he's sure to lose.

He needs 217 votes to pass the bill. According to congressional watchers, he doesn't have it.

"The debt limit vote sucks," Cantor said during a House GOP conference meeting Tuesday, according to two sources behind the closed doors.

The measure is expected to come up for a vote Wednesday.

The nearly 100 House tea party caucus members - including many of the 87 Republican freshmen - have seemingly painted Boehner into a corner. Any deal, they say, must include nearly $4 trillion in spending and absolutely no tax increases, something Obama has publicly advocated.

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  1. Stanley

    All of you people out their that voted all of those Republicans into office, well you see what happens when you get a bunch of the good old boys into office!! The United States comes way before any rich people, hell we made them rich. If they would tax the 2% of the rich a little more and cut foolish spending, we would be able to balance our budget and start our way to a surplus. Who in the hell does Bohener think he is!! Bohener along with the Republican party are going to ruin the United States trying to make President Barrack Obama look bad, how silly. Republicans, why don't you just take your ball and go home, the Unites States can't afford your foolishness!!

    July 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  2. Paul Ernest Show

    It is strangely ironic that many GOP supporters, who are complaining and claiming President Obama is spending too much are on government disability and other government assistance programs. The last one I met was very angry that the president is "spending too much", and at the same time expressing profound fear that she might not get her disability check in August, if congress does not reach a deal. I call this " nutcase".

    July 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  3. Steve from MD

    My one question is this:

    Has anyone noticed that this deadlock in raising our debt ceiling has already caused a stir in Wall Street and the stocks in other Indexes all over the world?

    Does anyone have any ideas about who might be able to benefit from this drop in the market indexes and stokc prices while this dealock continues?

    Is it considered insider trading for someone that has money and is investing it in cheaper stocks may also know some or be one of the politicians and might know more precisely when this deadlock will end?

    Do you think that your retirement funds will benefit from this downslide and if not do you become the patsy lining the pockets of those that will be making hugh profits when the market magically bounces back after this deadlock ends?

    I just heard today that someone in our goverment (I can't remember who has been busy lining up short term loans in the Billions for our goverment to use in case we go past the default date.

    Who are these benefactors that will most likely be raking in a pretty penny in interest paid to them (since shrot term loans usually come at a premium from long term loans)?

    So why is the news media and many of us captivated .... as if we were bulls in bullfight looking at the red cape our politicians and others are waving (the threat of default and continued deadlock) ... rather than noticing that this is a perfect storm ... created by some individuals ... while others could very well be profitting from this situation while the jitters cause more layoffs and your 401K tanks .

    I am certainly not one of the lucky ones that has loads of money to buy cheap stocks right now.

    I am also probably going to be one of those individuals paying higher interest rates and taxes once all the decision are made.

    Anyone else thinking about this current politician created crisis in this way?

    July 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm |