So far today, over in no-we're- not-completely-bonkers House news, the House Republicans prepared a debt limit/funding bill, took it to a conference meeting, sang "Amazing Grace" (presumably more of a Diane Chambers version than you would find in the House Democrats' caucus, no?), found out they didn't have the votes, and then threatened to pass something and then leave town -- so the Senate and Barack Obama would have to choose to go along or go passed the Thursday-ish deadline.
I'll be writing more about this later, but it sounds to me like a brilliant Boehner strategy! After all, he has two problems right now: it doesn't appear that any debt limit/funding bill can pass with only Republican votes, and he really wants to pass one prior to total surrender; and, then, he has to do the total surrender part of it with as much cover as possible (of which passing the first bill is a key part, apparently).
A brilliant strategy? See it? Here goes:
1. Get reluctant House Republicans to vote for a debt limit/CR bill as part of the "leave town" strategy. Bill passes.
2. Head to airports.
3. Wait until the 30-60 or so crazy caucus boards planes.
4. Sneak back to Capitol, pass whatever the Senate sends over -- with any luck, unanimously, now that voting that way won't separate them from the not-present radicals.
5. Everyone pretend it's a great victory for Republicans -- that Harry Reid and Barack Obama caved and accepted exactly what Republicans wanted, a short-term debt limit and a sequester-level CR.
Hey, it almost worked for Johnny Cash! And it's not as if Louie Gohmert is as smart as Columbo, right?