Republicans need to get their collective act together. It is clear the Boehner is having trouble holding his caucus together. It seems to me that Eric Cantor is a snake who is ready to stab his leader in the back in an effort to gain power. I have thought that for some time, but the way he voted against Boehner in the fiscal cliff deal really sent a message. Boehner was trying to avoid the fiscal cliff and was pushing his fellow Republicans to vote for the deal that was negotiated and Cantor - who is the Majority Leader in the house voted against it. When you have divided leadership it is difficult to govern.
The debt ceiling has to be raised. We may not like it, but citizens should not be fooled into thinking that the U.S. can just default on its financial obligations and there won't be significant consequences. Republicans played chicken and held the country and the world economy over a barrel last time as they fooled with the debt ceiling and flirted with U.S. default. That cannot happen.
Boehner knows it, but Cantor and the increasingly inane Republican caucus that follows him don't seem to understand reality. It should be interesting, but if Republicans in the House hold the debt ceiling hostage, they should be removed from office and tried for treason. Clearly they would be working against the interests of the United States.