Jonathan Chait at New York says you can stop worrying about the debt limit crisis. "The events of yesterday amounted to utter success. The debt ceiling will be lifted, the crisis is over, and so, too, may be the larger Constitutional struggle it unleashed," Chait explains. But (in a nod to Pulp Fiction) Chait concedes, "we are pretty far from okay." Still, if Obama "hasn’t completely crushed the Republican expectation that they can extract a ransom, he has badly damaged it." Bottom line? "Ted Cruz and his minions may have undertaken a hopeless crusade, but they dragged along the Paul Ryan Republicans who all along seemed to think their extortion scheme was a simple business deal. Its collapse is one of the brightest days Washington has seen in a grim era." Josh Barro, the politics editor at Business Insider, tweets, "Chait is right: There's no debt ceiling crisis any more, it's all over except the voting." Carl Franzen at The Verge and Matthew Zeitlin at Buzzfeed appreciated Chait's Marcellus Wallace reference.
John Cassidy at The New Yorker calls the House GOP farcical. "Evidently disturbed by polls showing Congress with a single-digit approval rating, [Republicans] appear intent on driving it to zero," Cassidy writes. House Speaker John Boehner will now probably have to take the Senate deal, and that ensures "that the Republican ultras [gain] almost precisely nothing for their willingness to shut down the government and raise the prospect of a debt default." But for now, Cassidy is celebrating. "The G.O.P. wingnuts, having threatened to reduce the United States to the ranks of what used to be called (in highly derogatory terms) banana republics, only to be repudiated by the American public, now appear about to be roundly defeated and humbled." ABC Radio's Mark Colvin is more cautious: "celebrating too soon?"
Chris Cilliza and Sean Sullivan at The Washington Post on where Boehner goes from here. Boehner "is Speaker in name only. That is, he has all the responsibilities of trying to lead the House without the ability to actually do so," the two explain. After failing to control the House during the shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations, chances are slim that he'll be able to pass immigration reform ahead of the 2014 election. Bottom line? "Boehner has the shell of a Speakership right now. With all that came before this latest rebuke from within his own conference, it’s hard to see how he picks up the pieces and moves forward with any sort of momentum or force behind him." Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia and member of the Liberal Party, tweets, Boehner "places self before country, in fear" of the Tea Party.
Scott Galupo at The American Conservative on the divided government. "I’m now old enough to remember two federal government shutdowns. Both turned out poorly for Republicans. The difference this time was that every sane observer strongly suspected it was going to work out poorly for Republicans," writes Galupo, a former Boehner aide. It's hard not to be pessimistic about further negotiations, because "the eternal snag is as it always has been: there is no appetite within the GOP for exchanging higher tax revenues for entitlement reform. And contrary to Fox News pundit George Will, I think there’s little chance that President Obama will trade entitlement reform for sequester relief." Galupo hopes the House can live with the "status quo," at least until midterm elections. Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan aide and frequent critic of the modern GOP, tweets, "Former Boehner aide calls out [GOP] stupidity."
J.J. Goldberg at Bloomberg View says don't worry about America's Jews. "Leading voices of U.S. Judaism have expressed despair over a recent [Pew Research Center] survey that found sharply declining interest in the religion among American Jews," explains Goldberg, who is the editor-at-large of The Forward. Rabbis and community leaders are worried that aside from Orthodox Jews, most American Jews are fading into the cultural landscape. In the survey, roughly 20 percent of Jews claimed they had no religion. But Goldberg explains, "religious skepticism is an integral and, to many minds, honored part of modern Judaism." He concludes, "In May 1964, Look magazine published a cover story titled 'The Vanishing American Jew.' Forty-nine years later, Look has vanished, but the Jews are still here. The children are turning out fine." Jeffrey Goldberg, who is a regular Bloomberg View columnist, tweets, "First comment on J.J. Goldberg's @bloombergview op-ed: 'this guy's better than the other goldberg.'"