...Is good for the GOP! House GOP leaders recently stated "we can pass gun control, immigration without Republican support" taking a page from the President's play book on doing the political "end around" to get things done. And yet another sign of the divisions within the Republican Party.
With more and more conservatives in the House rebelling against John Boehner's increasingly questionable Speakership, Republican House leadership is now moving to quash in-house concerns by reaching across the isle for support. Leadership is moving in the wake of a surprising move by 16 House Republicans to vote against a Republican leadership-crafted closed rule on a government funding bill. The ruke was designed to limit amendments to the government funding bill, but some House conservatives, concerned over the Boehner team's refusal to consider a floor vote on an amendment to defund Obamacare implementation, bucked Boehner on the rule.
After undergoing that unpleasant shock, House leadership hasn’t responded by listening to the concerns of the more conservative members of its caucus. Instead, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Sunday that he would be open to ramming through bills without the support of a majority of his own Republican caucus. Not just on small bills. On issues like immigration and gun control, McCarthy said, he’d be open to taking rogue Republicans across the aisle to work with Democrats.
This is a declaration of war within the Republican ranks. And it should be deeply troubling to Republicans across the country, watching as the recently and controversially reminted House leadership continues to pursue the same political philosophy that led to a mini-rebellion in the House in January.