We are truly looking for "Theory R" that is a viable Republican Party.
A solution to America’s financial impairment will have to emerge from the Senate, and from a sufficient number of Republican crossovers. That is a theory postulated by Ezra Klein this morning in the Washington Post. That has been a prevailing drift all along.
The question is, does a true and viable leader reside in the ranks of Republicans who doesn’t give a hoot about long-term political ambition as much as about restoring governance through bipartisanship?
You see, Republicans are unlikely to experience political viability over the long run if they cannot immediately restore the sensibility to the party that has run amok in the right ditch.
The old guard leaders have proven they are unworthy. The new freshman Republicans have proven they are unviable to represent all Americans.
So what might be the attributes of one who can lead the Republican forward to restore governance in America?
- Someone who is independently wealthy and is serving the nation on the basis of noble purpose.
- Someone who can balance the interests between private sector enterprise needs and public needs.
- Someone who can think creatively and innovatively in the realm of legislative process to produce effective solutions.
- Someone who has competence in both law and finance.
Now, who might be the candidates that fit these requirements? Where are they? Republicans, you tell me by replying in the comment section. Then we’ll check them out.
“It goes something like this: Senate Democrats will move a clean bill to raise the debt ceiling. They'll be joined by a handful of Senate Republicans who are furious over the shutdown, furious at Sen. Ted Cruz, and genuinely scared that the debt ceiling might be breached.
The question is whether they could reach 60. The early signs look favorable. On Monday
, Sen. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, said he'd vote for a clean debt-ceiling increase, and he'd also vote to break any filibuster against one. "Assume this is a bellwether for 3-4 other members at least," says one Republican Senate aide.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, said she'd oppose a filibuster against proceeding a clean debt-ceiling bill. John McCain is considered a likely yes, and that means Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte might also vote in favor.
If they all come through, that's five Republicans. Democrats only need one more to hit 60.
At that point the Senate would have a clean, bipartisan bill to raise the debt ceiling and the House might have...nothing. "Speaker John Boehner doesn't yet have his debt-ceiling proposal finalized," Robert Costa reported on Monday.”