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.
That’s a pleasant fantasy. Back in the real world, Costa reports on Boehner’s continued efforts:
According to his allies, he’s still hoping to bring the House’s plan to the floor tonight, and he thinks it can pass, as long as a few elements of the proposal are adjusted. The 218 votes he needs, though, aren’t there yet, and he and his team are spending the afternoon informally whipping skeptical Republicans.