According to Michael Steele, former head of the Republican National Committee, on Monday’s Morning Joe. Mike Barnacle directly asks him, “Michael, if you took Grover [Norquist] out of the equation here, and you lowered the flame on the Tea Party Republicans in the House, how long do you think it would take John Boehner and President Obama to work out a deal?” Without a moment’s hesitation his answer was, “Twenty four hours.”
Everyone knows who the obstructionists are. Its the Tea Party and Grover Norquist crowd. They would pass up on (as they did in 2011’s debt ceiling fight) genuine conservative reforms to maintain purity. Everyone knows it, it’s no secret.
I cannot post the video here, but here is the link to the fascinating conversation at Morning Joe. Steele’s comments come around 11:40.