A majority in Congress did not want the government shutdown and does not want a debt limit showdown. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has let a tea party minority create a crisis. Whether the speaker mollifies or spurns the doomsday faction, it is his responsibility — and the responsibility of the Republican Party — to let the bipartisan majority act.
In the most optimistic scenario, Rep. Boehner has let the tea party play out its tantrum over the Affordable Care Act. After a period of shutdown, he will allow the House to vote on a clean — or almost clean — measure to get the government running again. Ideally, the same measure or companion legislation would raise the debt limit.
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