If he can’t do it now, he never will.
The beauty of Speaker Boehner’s cave — agreeing to continue funding Planned Parenthood and “ObamaCare,” as of this 11 PM, early report — is that it describes the parties’ negotiating posture in all other high stakes conflicts likely to arise. Here’s what we know: the GOP couldn’t hold the line. They knew they’d get blamed for a shutdown; the backbenchers couldn’t take the pressure; and for whatever reason, the Democrats held the stronger hand. Republicans do not have the clout to force a shutdown over social issues, healthcare, or over some half-felt concern about fiscal integrity.
Oh, we’ll get a Senate vote on the “ObamaCare” repeal. Cool! Hey, wonder if Obama would veto it?
By the way, do not miss this Fox headline: “Government shutdown not so shutdowny after all.” Yes, really.