Making points similar to what I have made, this is not the last round. The Boehner bill for all its flaws puts the runners on base with another batter up in a few months.
The Boehner bill, assuming it passes the House today, likely will be rejected by the Senate. That’s a scenario I like a lot more than never having passed the bill at all. And if lightning struck and it was passed, or something very similar to it passed, then we have advanced the runners and we still are at bat.
Via Real Clear Politics:
Now that the Republicans seem to have gotten the Democrats off their higher taxes kick, the question is whether a minority of the House Republicans will refuse to pass the Boehner legislation that could lead to a deal that will spare the country a major economic disruption and spare the Republicans from losing the 2012 elections by being blamed – rightly or wrongly – for the disruptions.
Is the Boehner legislation the best legislation possible? Of course not! You don’t get your heart’s desire when you control only one house of Congress and face a presidential veto.
The most basic fact of life is that we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available. It is not idealism to ignore the limits of one’s power. Nor is it selling out one’s principles to recognize those limits at a given time and place, and get the best deal possible under those conditions.
That still leaves the option of working toward getting a better deal later, when the odds are more in your favor.