So. Let’s review…
Boehner pitches his plan that’s dead on arrival. Reid’s plan not going get passed in the House.
We are six days away from everything going tits up and the only thing that may walk us through this is if someone cracks. Obama seemed to realize that when he said in his speech Monday night. Via whitehouse.gov.
The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government. So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard. If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know. If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message.
House telephone lines are still jammed this morning after President Barack Obama urged the public in his speech last night to contact their members of Congress on the debt-ceiling gridlock.
IT staffers are telling offices that “unusually high traffic volume in reaction to the President’s address yesterday evening” is pushing many websites past capacity. Last night, several House and Senate websites crashed after Obama’s prime-time speech had concluded, and sites aren’t loading this morning, including that of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). An e-mail from the House Call Center shortly before 10 a.m. says House phone lines are near capacity, leading callers to sometimes get a busy signal. The Committee on House Administration said the calls to Congress today have hit the 35,000 mark, about 15,000 above a typical day. During the healthcare debate, calls to Congress were around 50,000 per day.
(Protip: You generally want to avoid using gun imagery when talking to politician’s office’s. But if no other imagery is strong enough to make your point, for fuck’s sake, shove the word “Metaphorical” whenever possible.)
And now that we’re headed down to the wire, there may be no time to come up with any new deals. So our last, best hope may be getting a clean Debt Limit bill to the floor of the House. There may still be enough sane Republicans left to get it passed with the Democrats help.