Comedian: Harry Reid Calls Deal 'Remarkable'
Leaders of both houses are scrambling to get their votes in place on the debt ceiling, as Harry Reid calls it a remarkable deal. Is he pathological?
Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said the votes could come as early as Monday evening, depending on the outcome of meetings with members. Cantor's office said the House would go first.
But while Senate passage seemed likely, if not wholly assured, the House was far from a lock. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will have to win over at least some of the tea party-backed conservatives who have so far adamantly resisted anything resembling compromise.
It's interesting that it was Biden, not the president, who was in the room to hammer out a final deal. Given what Peggy Noonan wrote about Obama in her most recent column, it makes me wonder if the real reason he was chosen for VP was to add some warmth.
At the height of Bill Clinton's troubles there were always people who'd say, "Look, I love the guy." They'd often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren't that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support.
I think Barack was resented in the senate for being a guy who takes credit for other people's work as he used the chamber as a pit stop on the way to the Oval Office.
Vice President Joe Biden, who played an instrumental role in the weekend efforts to hammer out an accord, also was on Capitol Hill to sell the plan to Senate Democrats.
Biden isn't the brightest bulb, but he's a lovable backslapper who spent a lifetime in the senate before being pushed aside into the VP position.