As Senate Democratic and Republican leaders hammered out a deal to avoid forcing the U.S. to default on its debts Tuesday, House Republicans said they would take one more stab at a bill. But House Speaker John Boehner could not get his caucus together on a plan, and the effort collapsed.
The Senate went back to work, and finished their deal which would end the government shutdown and increase the debt limit. Both are temporary measures. The government will reopen through Jan. 15, and the debt limit is raised until Feb. 7. The House and Senate will appoint negotiators to work on a deficit reduction deal.
The deal was expected to pass the Senate, and there are hopes it will pass the House despite the expected opposition from the conservative flank of the Republican Caucus.
Which brings us to the idea that perhaps House Republicans need to modify the party's traditional GOP Elephant mascot. It may be time to model it on the "Pushmi-Pullyu" (pronounced "push me, pull you") from the Dr. Dolittle stories. This animal was a cross between a gazelle and a unicorn with a head on both ends. When it tried to walk, both ends tried to head in opposite directions, and it got nowhere.
It seems an appropriate symbol for the current state of the House Republicans.
Kudos to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) for showing it is possible for the two parties to get together and accomplish something for the good of the country.