You know, all of this discussion apparently has worked. The Boehner 3.0 version has just been released. It’s a large PDF file. I’ve had just a brief chance to go through this. It’s 104 pages and they have to have so many pages just to have room for all the zeros, as they talk about all the trillions of dollars here. The word “trigger” does not appear one time in it. The word “taxes” shows up once but not in the context of raising them. “Balanced budget” shows up four times. Boehner 3.0 basically does: Would pave the way for the debt limit to be raised through the 2011 election in two chunks, but it would mandate that the second increase of the debt ceiling could only occur after a balanced budget amendment passed both chambers of Congress and went to the states for ratification. That’s the big difference in Boehner 3.0.

Now, before we get into the specifics of all of this, I want to say something to you conservatives out there. I want to tell you how damn proud of you I am, because you made this happen. The conservative intelligencia, the conservative so-called media inside the Beltway would have accepted anything. Yesterday, the day before, last night, would have accepted anything that Boehner put forth, because they are operating out of fear. The Republican leadership is operating out of fear. I want you to think, to transfer that to your personal life, and I want to ask you to consider: Whenever you do anything out of fear, how does it turn out? Doing anything from the perspective of fear is disastrous, or potentially so. And that has been the position of the Republican leadership and the inside-the-Beltway so-called conservative media. Fear. Fear of being blamed, primarily. But fear of other things. The age-old fears, the fears rooted in the mentality of being consistent, constant losers.

Remember the Republicans won the control of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, and one of the biggest problems they faced was they had 40 years of being in the minority as their mindset. It was hard within a matter of days to start acting like winners. They never had been. It’s like the person who loses a tremendous amount of weight stills feel fat. It’s just what you get conditioned to. You stop and look at yourself in the mirror every time you see a mirror, just to confirm that you actually have lost weight, because you don’t believe it. The same thing with people who are consistent losers, and Ray LaHood yesterday citing we need to go back to Bob Michel was a classic example. We’ve got to go back to being full-time losers, that’s our place in Washington. Well, you don’t accept that, and I don’t accept it.

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