The most important thing that has happened in Washington all week might be this: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke telling Congress that the economy may need another round of stimulus. All the arguing over the debt ceiling, the breakdown of talks and of deals and of leadership, amounts to a political problem. The fact that we're in the worst jobs market since World War II is an actual problem.
And one of the three major political leaders in Washington right now, House Speaker John Boehner, can't get his own party to pass a message bill about light bulbs. On the show last night, Rachel compared that to kicking an own-goal in soccer -- to being so bad at your job that you score against yourself.
Whether or not you agree with John Boehner on policy, whether or not you think John Boehner on policy is right or wrong, whether or not you want him to succeed politically or you don't want him to succeed politically, John Boehner is not good at his job. John Boehner is not succeeding. Whether you think that's a good thing or a bad thing, I think it's factually evident he`s not good at being speaker of the House.What can be done in the real economic crisis in the country if the House under John Boehner is totally broken? If as his number two, Eric Cantor says nothing can get through the House, what can we do to get through the real crisis if Washington is broken thanks to Mr. Own Goal?
But this process still depends on Speaker Boehner. Yesterday the White House suggested that Mr. Boehner needs to rein in his second, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, so the adults can get to work on an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. And for what it's worth, a new Quinnipiac poll says voters will blame congressional Republicans if the two sides can't reach a deal.