Cantor Bolting Budget Talks Puts Bulls Eye On Boehner’s Forehead

In case you haven’t heard, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this morning withdrew from the budget negotiations being led by Vice President Joe Biden.

If you were surprised by this, you haven’t been reading CG&G. As I posted yesterday, all of the happy talk that has been coming from the budget talks should have been taken with a healthy dose of skepticism instead of the optimism that has been reported.

But it’s also not surprising because Cantor doesn’t represent a wing of the House Republicans that was ever going to vote for a deal on the debt ceiling. That’s why, while done in an overly dramatic way, his departure from the talks isn’t that meaningful. The question is whether Boehner has now been further forced into a corner and, as he did immediately after the Cantor story broke, has to appear to be holier than thou with the tea party.

The real balance of power on this vote is with the non tea party wing of the GOP and that’s a group with which Boehner has better credibility than Cantor. From my perspective, the only way Boehner can get them to go along is to wait until the last minute so it looks like he has driven the best possible deal and then hope that market jitters allow him and his colleagues to say that he has no choice. He’s only going to get about 100 GOP votes to pass a bill. That means that he can’t go too far right and expect the 118 Dem votes he’ll also need.

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Stan Collender is a former New Yorker who, after getting a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, moved to Washington to get it out of his system. That was more than 30 years ago.

During most of his career, Collender has worked on the federal budget and congressional budget process, including stints on the staff of the House and Senate Budget Committees; founding the Federal Budget Report, a newsletter that was published for almost two decades; and for the past 11 years writing a weekly column for and now

He is currently a managing director for Qorvis Communications, where he spends most of his time working with and for financial services clients.

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1 Comment on Cantor Bolting Budget Talks Puts Bulls Eye On Boehner’s Forehead

  1. We want to know why there is no transparency in the government as has been told to the American people. Just because they hold these meetings behind closed doors someone from the republican party should be able to come out and announce to the people what is taking place. We Republicans don’t need to do things in secret like the dems and their backdoor deals.

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