Yet, Boehner by all indications already has more than enough votes in the House to pass a budget continuation or a debt ceiling increase. His problem is that most of them are Democratic votes. His own right wing is threatening him with losing his seat if he passes anything with a minority of Republican votes.
The real battle in Congress these days is not between the two parties but between two factions in the GOP. Boehner’s way out may be the “grand bargain” that he and Obama tried to put together earlier, before the tea partiers got in the way. Now Boehner has some leverage. Our fiscal future depends on how he uses it.
Clarence Page is a nationally syndicated columnist. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.