“The House,” Jeff Goldstein writes at protein wisdom, “did its job“:
For now. That they were cut off at the knees by the Senate? Well, we’ll see what happens. We’re being told by our betters that now that this political theater is out of the way (and the ludicrous Tea Party dolts “mollified”), the grownups can talk, and therefore that real leaders (of the kind it takes to raise our ability to vote ourselves a credit increase in order pay for more things we can’t pay for by way of more borrowing we’ll soon be unable to pay back), can dig in their heels and reach a good, solid, bipartisan compromise.
Offering a view a bit less cynical, Ed Morrissey says the ball is now in the president’s court:
John Boehner and the Republican caucus in the House passed the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act as promised on a near-party-line vote tonight, 234-190. The move puts the onus back on the White House to propose an alternative or assume responsibility for killing the debt-ceiling hike it contains. . . .
Oh, and, by the way, has the White House presented any such alternative plan?