The reason for Boehner’s ovation

THE REASON FOR BOEHNER’S OVATION…. John Boehner, last week:

At 10:51 a.m. on Thursday, the speaker of the House took questions from reporters about the tick-tick-tick toward a possible government shutdown. “Democrats are rooting for a government shutdown,” said John Boehner.

John Boehner, this week:

House Republicans huddled late Monday and, according to a GOP aide, gave the speaker an ovation when he informed them that he was advising the House Administration Committee to begin preparing for a possible shutdown.

Maybe now would be a good time to revisit which party is “rooting for a government shutdown.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.