Blake Farenthold

Boehner Uses Partisanship To Defeat Tactical Radicalism
July 27, 2011

The passage of John Boehner's debt ceiling bill appears to mark the crossing of a certain intellectual threshold for ultra-conservative House Republicans. Until very recently, they've been proclaiming that failing to raise the debt ceiling would not have important drawbacks, and/or that the 2010 elections afforded the Republican Party the right to impose its agenda without compromise. Now, suddenly, almost nobody is saying those things. Consider this quote from one right-winger: “At the end of the day, it’s nowhere near what I want. It’s not even close to the numbers we want.