McCain tells conservatives they are lying to America
According to The Plum Line at the Washington Post:
There are Republicans in both the House and Senate who are still pushing for another vote on the balanced budget amendment, even though “cut cap and balance,” which contains such an amendment, has already failed in the Senate. Tea Party GOP Senators such as Jim DeMint and Rand Paul are calling on colleagues to reject John Boehner’s proposal for a two-tiered debt ceiling increase, and are instead demanding another vote on “cut cap and balance.” Meanwhile, House conservatives such as Mike Pence are also urging another vote on a modified version of a balanced budget amendment.
To such conservatives, McCain offered a simple answer: You’re in fantasy-land, and you’re doing your constituents a disservice by perpetuating the falsehood that such a thing can ever happen.
“What is really amazing about this is that some members are believing that we can pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution in this body with its present representation — and that is foolish,” McCain said angrily. “That is worse than foolish. That is deceiving many of our constituents.” McCain went on to rip the idea as “bizarro.”
Meanwhile. Speaker of the House John Bohner snarled at the conservative Republicans:
As investors grow increasingly anxious, House Republican leaders deliver a tongue-lashing to their most conservative lawmakers and cast Thursday’s roll call as nothing less than a vote of confidence in their stewardship of the chamber.
That tongue lashing is long overdue. The new kids on the block need to listen up and do what their leadership tells them to do. What they want is not possible and will not happen. Apparently they want to be able to go home and high-5 their constituents with a NAY vote. When credit becomes even tighter and everyone is paying higher interest rates their constituents might just want to run them out of town on a rail.
John McCain gets it. John Bohner gets it. There will be no balanced budget amendment. The Freshman class and a few other tea party folks need to either learn or remember how the game is played and they just don’t have the votes. The more money the voters lose from their 401k plans and their portfolios, the less forgiving they will be.