Here’s the one question rank-and-file Republicans won’t face regarding the shutdown
The gridlock in Congress that’s led to a government shutdown boils down to one simple question:
Why won’t House Speaker John Boehner allow an up-or-down vote on a “clean” budget bill?
After all, Republicans comprise a majority of the House. Most of them say they’re not in favor of a shutdown. So why not vote on a measure that would end the shutdown in a snap?
The answer, of course is as simple as the question. If a clean budget bill was put to a vote in the House, it would pass. Almost all Democrats would vote for it, and enough Republicans would join in to put the measure over.
The Senate would concur in the blink of an eye, and the shutdown would end fortwith.
But Boehner won’t allow a clean budget bill to come to a vote. He’s afraid that the Tea Party wackos in his caucus would rise up against him and run him out of the speakership on a rail.
That’s all there is to it, folks. All the other rhetoric is just jibber-jabber.