Last night, just hours before our nation faced the possibility of being unable to pay its bills for the first time in modern history, the Senate voted 81 to 18 to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's borrowing limit. The House, of course, did as well, voting 285-144 to end the shutdown. Early this morning President Obama signed the legislation.
As anyone with any common sense had been predicting all along, the Republican extortionists would have to cave at some point. The votes to pass a clean continuing resolution to keep the government funded and end the shutdown were there. They had always been there, if only Boehner had allowed a vote.
Unfortunately, the biggest losers in this fiasco are not the extortionists. Although, all the latest polls indicate that the American people disapprove of the Republican/Tea Party by a 3-to-1 margin, the biggest losers by far are the American people. And damn, if we are not going to have to endure this all over again in three months.
Let us all hope that the American people will remember this debacle a year from now and vote the extortionist out.