My friend Paul, a retired political scientist, has the following suggestion.
John Boehner, Speaker of the House, is in the best position to put a decisive end to the current mess in Washington, D.C. After all, he is Speaker of the HOUSE, not Speaker of the Republican Party. All he needs to do is to allow the House to vote on the budget, despite the objections of a minority within the Republican Party. If the Tea Party fanatics try to un-elect him as Speaker for doing this, House Democrats should vote FOR him to prevent this from happening since he would be acting as THEIR Speaker too.
Let our slogan be: John Boehner is Speaker of the HOUSE, not of the Republican Party.
The question is, do the Democrats really want this to end quickly? Or do they want to let their opponents continue their little civil war?