For John, BLUF: People see the present budget crisis as a chance to force change on DC. Not likely. The only thing that has changed in the last 20 some years is the Tea Party Caucus.
Today's edition of The [Lowell] Sun has an article talking about the replacement of House Speaker John A Boehner. The Writer, Norman Ornstein, suggests the House Republicans replace Speaker Boehner with an outsider—former Governor Jon Huntsman. This raises the possibility of a Speaker who is not a member of the House. Not outside the realm of possibility.
Another suggestion is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Republican from Virginia. Mr Cantor's district is the 7th, extending north and west of Richmond, but not including Richmond. It is what my Sons would describe as "Red Neck" territory—Rappahannock, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, on down to Henrico County. Median Household Income of $64,751.
In his book, The Price of Politics, Author Bob Woodward records this exchange during the 2011 Debt Ceiling negotiations:
“This is our come-to-Jesus moment,” Biden said. “Yeah,” said Cantor, who is Jewish, “but I’m not very good on that point.”My own, uninformed, guess is that it will be Speaker Boehner for the near term.Kindle location 2256
Regards — Cliff