Mitch McConnell is just realizing this now, a week from disaster. All this time, all he and his fellow Dr. Frankensteins have been doing is stoking the flames and getting Tea Partiers' hopes up. Now that reality is approaching, the Tea Party is upset! (Not that I care. Actually it's amusing to see them attack Boehner with much of the same vitriol they usually save for the President).
According to Politico, McConnell appears to be casting about for new alliances to cope with the crisis.
“We’re going to have to get back together and get a solution here. We cannot get a perfect solution, from my point of view, controlling only the House of Representatives,” McConnell told reporters after his party’s weekly luncheon. “So I’m prepared to accept something less than perfect, because perfect is not achievable.
“We are trying to get a result here, and we know we can’t get a result without something that can pass a Republican House, a Democratic Senate and be signed by a Democratic president.”
The question now becomes whether whatever McConnell is cooking up includes revenue increases. You'd think it would have to, especially if he plans to have it actually get passed into law.
The next question is whether whatever results is larger than the $4 trillion deal Obama had been pushing Boehner to agree to way back when. If not, then I might find myself to the right of Boehner and McConnell, wondering why they've been jerking us around when they could have had the largest debt reduction package in U.S. history with barely a fight.