The epic continues...
Then Collins cooked up something Murray could swallow,
Five queens signed on, and the old bulls clicked "follow":
Senate-House conference on terms uncoercive,
Tweaks to Obamacare none too subversive,
Debt ceiling bump-up and short CR, clean,
Sequester not locked in for 2014.
Markets exhaled and the indexes soared,
Till Boehner rolled one more grenade of discord:
"Don't touch that hostage! A price must be paid --
Even if only by us and our aides...
National default is a bridge none too far
To uphold our values -- whatever they are."
Thus Boehner spooled his caucus one last yard of rope
To twine round their necks, as the nation's last hope.
Lo, Heritage Action gave one mighty yank,
The diehards jumped ship, and the House CR sank.
To be continued (if the world does...)
Twas the Night Before Shutdown, Canto I
UPDATE: Here's the whole thing