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Boehner's Secret Plan Ripens (Okay, Sorta)

Since there appears to be no significant House figure willing to run for Speaker, there's a massive push to cajole and pressure Paul Ryan into running. It seems crystal clear that he really, really doesn't want the job. But that doesn't mean he won't end up agreeing to take it. But here's the thing. People are starting to seriously moot the idea of Boehner remaining on in a caretaker role through the 2016 election. He doesn't need 218 votes. He's already Speaker. He doesn't need anything.

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Investment Advice

If you can think of investments that will benefit from a US government debt default, now's the time to buy.

Yes, this is hilarious but it has pretty terrible consequences for the country and perhaps the global economy.


I must say, even for this crew, this is really epic. McCarthy has dropped out of the Speaker's race. In favor of ...? Well, no one. I'm now watching Rep. Issa (R-CA) explaining how McCarthy is awesome, will remain on as Majority Leader, will be the most important endorsement as they try to find someone who they can carry over the finish line. But good lord!

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If Only They Had Boehner

Watching the lead up to tomorrow's Speaker vote, the supreme irony is you can see in painful detail and intensity just how much the Republican House caucus needed John Boehner. What's happening right now doesn't even rise to the level of conflict or disorder. That gives it too much credit. Kevin McCarthy was already saddled with all the baggage of John Boehner - in terms of holding the reins of responsibility, establishment backing, need to prevent catastrophic damage to GOP, etc. But since he entered the race it's been clear he's not at all good at leading the caucus - definitely not in the public spokesman sense, and seemingly not in the backroom sense either. So he's got Boehner's liabilities and then an entirely new one.

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