Tea Party Holds

The Tea Party held strong - business as usual couldn't break their commitment to saving the country from being spent into oblivion - and the votes could not be found to pass the Boehner plan last night.

The late-night decision to call off the vote came after hours of frantic, unsuccessful arm twisting, with House leaders ushering wavering members into leadership offices to meet with the speaker, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield).

The efforts began early in the afternoon as Boehner's chief of staff, and then the speaker himself, pulled members off the floor for private conversations, at least once with the powerful Appropriations Committee chairman, Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), in tow. A dazed-looking undecided freshman listened to overtures from a smiling, gesticulating member of the leadership team. A committee chairman wrapped his arm around a congressman who was leaning no, as other members surrounded the man.

So, what happens now?

Democratic leaders in the Senate intend to proceed with their own plan, aiming to produce a bill that can pass the Senate with a bipartisan majority, then go to the House floor and pass with Democratic support.