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John Cornyn

Is sanity creeping into the GOP leadership? [Commentary]

Is sanity creeping into the GOP leadership? [Commentary]

Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over?

That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling.

First, House Speaker John Boehner looked down the black hole of government shutdown, a potential replay of the tea-party engineered kamikaze mission in October, and refused to lead his party into it again. Stunned GOP conservatives found themselves on the short end of a 221-201 House vote boosting the debt limit, with no White House concessions offered.

When the issue moved to...