The budget deal struck between the White House, congressional Democrats and
sane … er, moderate Republicans represented an extremely rare instance of big-picture DC bipartisanship. While House Speaker Paul Ryan might be correct in assailing the closed-doors process that led to the deal (it “stinks,” said he), the sight of real political compromise, wherein each side gets some but not all of what it wants, was refreshing.
As expected, the House’s
cabal of self-righteous, far-right anarchists … er, “Freedom Caucus” was up in arms, its political weapons effectively neutralized for at least the upcoming presidential election cycle. Much of the credit for this turn of events goes to Ohio’s John Boehner. Having been hounded from the speakership by the Freedom Caucus and its refusal to accept political and governmental realities, Boehner’s involvement was his way to say “up yours” to the House’s disruptive right flank.