McConnell and Reid teamed up to pass the cromnibus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
In the wake of the “cromnibus,” a new governing coalition may have emerged in Washington.
For the first time in eight years, it doesn’t necessarily include Nancy Pelosi.
It does include Steny H. Hoyer.
The coalition doesn’t seem to need Sens. Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren or Jeff Sessions.
But it does need the more moderate wing of Democrats personified by Hoyer, the minority whip, who helped pass the compromise forged by Speaker John A. Boehner, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with appropriators Harold Rogers and Barbara A. Mikulski, among others.
Most importantly, the new governing coalition includes President Barack Obama.
The hard right and the hard left ended up out in the cold last week — free to raise their fists and their profiles and make a ruckus, but ultimately powerless to stop the cromnibus.
The deal represents a return — at least for a week — to the fabled establishment Washington dealmaking of yore, warts and all, like it or loathe it. It’s a return that could put the “do nothing” label back on the congressional shelf — with Republicans and the president eyeing deals next year on trade and taxes, in addition to keeping the government open for business after four years of serial shutdown and default dramas. Full story