‘‘If he’s got such good ideas, his party in the Senate could pass it,’’ Boehner told The Associated Press in an interview in his Capitol office. ‘‘Then we'd be happy to take a look at it.’’If you don't have a clue about how things work in the Senate, that actually sounds pretty reasonable. Democrats have a majority in the Senate, and if President Obama can't convince his own party to pass his agenda, then why should he expect House Republicans to pass it?
The only problem is the filibuster. And thanks to the filibuster, President Obama's party in the Senate can't pass his agenda, because a minority of Republicans can block it. And especially given the fact that Boehner's comments came at the same time that his Senate Republican colleagues were filibustering Chuck Hagel, it's pretty clear that his words were just a new way of saying that the GOP is going to continue playing the role it's played since Jan. 21, 2009: being the Party of No.