Boehenr finally came to his senses and refused to let the Tea Party faction of his party shut down the government again over raising the debt ceiling. Why he allowed this in the first place indicates only his lack of backbone and leadership. It seems that since the last fiasco he has decided it is more important to be able to look himself in the mirror each morning than to pander to the extreme right-wing of his party.
Now if only Harry Reid could grow a backbone. Reid has tried for years to change the rules in the Senate, so as to prevent the filibusters which the Republicans mount, or threaten to mount, against almost every bill supported by the Democrats. In 2011 he accepted a handshake deal with the Republicans, a deal which the Republicans promptly violated. Then in 2013, at the start of the current Congress, he vowed to accept "no more handshake deals", so what does he do? Accept another handshake deal!
The leadership in Congress is today worse than any I've seen in my lifetime. Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, this is the worst collection of mediocrity I have ever seen. Where is real leadership when we most need it?