They ought to just change the name, really. Leave it as just the "Democrats" versus the "Tea Partiers" -- because the Republican Party of yore is nothing more than a corpse waiting for burial, at this point. John Boehner, in fact, just hammered the last nail in its coffin.
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It's one thing for the GOP to demand cuts in government spending as a way to enforce fiscal responsibility on Washington, but it is quite another for them to hold the federal budget hostage in order to backdoor a political agenda. That is so far from governing that it is laughable, if not downright impeachable.
The backbenchers that have engineered this train wreck may not be embarrassed by their handiwork, but party veterans clearly want no part of it.
How did we get to this point? How we can avoid being in this position in the future? We don't yet have the perspective necessary to answer these questions fully.
Ya know what, Mr. Speaker? I actually don't feel sorry for you anymore. That you've humiliatingly ceded control of your House to Cruz and his Tea Party henchmen makes you inept and not worthy of your leadership position.
Talk about missing the point. And no, I do not refer to the mindless mainstream media (who apparently don't know the difference between "a filibuster" and "a 21-hour ego trip").
Ted Cruz's (TP/R-TX) phony filibuster spectacle alienated almost everyone. If his goal were to reduce the Senate's dignity and stature even more than it has been in its filibuster frenzy over the last several years of Republican shenanigans, he succeeded.
The president may not have done a good job selling Obamacare but he's done enough to push it across the starting line. And once Americans understand Obamacare they are going to like it. That's bad news for Republicans.
Do the Republicans really want to be held responsible for another financial calamity when it is their turn to face the voters? From a purely political point of view, it's as if your opponent in a war threatens that he will blow his own head off if you do not surrender.
Stock markets plummeted today in reaction to Steve Clifford's ultimatum that he would default on his debts unless the NFL defunded Super Bowl Halftime Pageants.
Hillary's is a sideshow that will be countered later. But Cruz's circus is playing now and it's being panned, not only by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell but by Barack Obama and top Democrats.
No one believes that children should be sick, live in pain, or go without preventive care like vaccinations and annual check-ups just because their parents have lost their job or simply can't afford health insurance.
The Republican strategy for "defunding" Obamacare has largely been seen by Democrats (and an encouraging number of the media) as somewhat of a joke. Tantrums aren't pretty when small children mount them, and they're even less attractive when members of Congress use the same tactic.
Congressional Republicans have gone directly from conservatism to fanaticism without any intervening period of sanity.
Despite how it looks right now, there is a solution to this mess in sight. In approving the continuing resolution tied to defunding Obamacare, John Boehner got rolled by the unhinged extremists. But he knows better. He started in the right place -- he should go back.