It's come down to this: Congressional Republicans recognize -- eyes wide open -- that they have a mess on their hands. More than half their party in Congress is made up, effectively, of critters who've lived all their jungle lives way up in the canopies of tall trees and who have no idea about how life is managed down here on the ground where rivals and other hazards are waiting for them.
When it comes to unruly conservatives in Congress, House GOP leaders know they can’t control them — they can only hope to contain them.
This explains why party leaders are proceeding with extreme caution as they figure out how to respond to President Obama’s unilateral actions that would shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Top Republicans learned painful lessons from last year’s 16-day government shutdown and this summer’s messy, intraparty battle over how to respond to a surge of young immigrants from Central America — and they don’t want to repeat past mistakes.
How Republicans respond to the latest political crisis represents the first, big test for the party since it captured control of the Senate and boosted its House majority in this month’s midterm elections. ...TheHill
"Owning" Congress isn't going to be all that much fun for the Republican leadership. They may find themselves depending on the mellow good sense of remaining Democrats more than on their own caucus. The White House is now a declared enemy, and no wonder!
GOP leaders are working hard to get their own members on board the no-shutdown train.
They don’t want to be caught in a trap the White House sets to goad Republicans into shutting down the government or impeaching the president. ...TheHill