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If there is video of Congressional leaders looking more uncomfortable than this, we'd be shocked.
Whether it's because they don't want to be holding hands or they don't know the words to 'We Shall Overcome or they can't carry a tune in a bucket, it's hard to say. But we're guessing whatever staff member set this thing up yesterday is looking for a new job today.
Some folks will say that J.D. Winteregg, House Speaker John Boehner's Republican primary opponent, is pretty clever. Others will say he went beyond the bounds of good taste.
What do you think?
One reason the shutdown remains so intractable is a core of House Republicans who signalled in August they wanted to eliminate the federal health care reforms.
In a letter to Speaker John Boehner, 80 House Republicans said they supported using the “power of the purse” to end the law. It didn't get much attention at the time, but in the last week, as the shutdown loomed and then occured, national political commentators have pointed to the letter, and its author Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, as a key to they deadlock.
Several readers have asked if Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers or any of Washington's GOP House members signed onto the letter.They did not. But Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho did.
For a map of the districts of those who signed on to the letter, click here.
Roll Call thinks so, anyway.
In one of its “what if” pieces- - - as in What if John Boehner was no longer speaker, who would get the job? — the Washington, D.C., newspaper for Congress and those who watch it closely lists Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Raul Labrador as two of its 10 possible replacements.
They'd have to be called long-shots, considering that the majority leader usually ascends to the speakership unless one party loses control of the House. So Eric Cantor is at the top of the list. . .
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