Passing a bill designed solely to please his caucus isn't completely crazy or a total waste of time, as the White House insisted, but it is more akin to a Hail Mary pass. Hail Marys do sometimes work in football, and in politics, unlikely bills can sometimes gain surprising life as a legislative deadline approaches. But the speaker's work this week has been an act of desperation, not strength, which was proved Thursday as the conservative sharks (Rep. Michele Bachman, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the tea party group Freedom Works) started openly urging Republican congressmen to vote against the Boehner plan. Whether his bill passes the House when it comes up for a vote this evening is irrelevant. The damage to his leadership is already done.