Earlier today, Emmarie Huetteman of The New York Times posted this tidbit:
House Republicans are not off to a strong start, Speaker John A. Boehner acknowledged on Tuesday.
Asked about the 11th-hour withdrawal of bills related to abortion and, most recently, border security — both of which were initially considered easy lifts for the emboldened Republican majority before intraparty divisions emerged — Mr. Boehner attributed it to attempts to fast-track the legislation without committee consideration to work out the disagreements.
“There have been a couple of stumbles,” he said.
To the one, we might expect such (cough!) “stumbles” from, say, new leadership. For instance, in the Senate, where new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has much leadership practice, but not in governance or legislating, but doing everything he can to duck those obligations.
Still, though, it is not as if pulling bills because he does not actually know the whip count is anything new for Speaker Boehner; he’s done it twice before.
Then again, he’s got nothing on McConnell, who once filibustered his own bill.
Do be certain, please, to thank the next Republican you encounter for causing this.
Huetteman, Emmarie. “Republicans Are Stumbling Out of the Gate, Boehner Admits”. The New York Times. 27 January 2015.