Skip to main content

Not exactly a prediction, but a possible scenario.  Following the passage of the Fiscal Cliff deal by a Democratic/Republican coalition, John Beohner is challanged for Speaker of the House.  He gets a majority of the Republican caucus, but the Tea Partiers refuse to go along and support him on the floor.

Beohnor approaches Pelosi and they make a deal.  Democrats will support Beohner for speaker.  The price is that he will allow the Democrats to bring bills to the floor.  Real business starts to happen in the committees and on the floor.  Most bills are passed by some combination of Democratic and Republican votes.  The Tea Partiers are sidelined and government goes on without them.

Remember when party line votes were uncommon?  Bills went through committees and ammendments were offered and voted up or down.  In the end a member had to decide if the final result was worth supporting or not.  You had to win over a majority of the House, not a majority of the majority party.  It was messy and far from perfect, but it was democracy.

Tags

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site