The GOP's position raises fundamental questions about whether the modern Republican Party is willing to govern, and whether it actually wants the government to function.
With a "clean" debt ceiling extension from the Senate, all eyes will again turn to the House. The fiscal cliff vote demonstrated that the mechanism of "letting the House work its will" avoids catastrophe.
Republican hostage-takers got Obama to go along with their tax cuts for the wealthy by threatening to raise taxes on the middle class and blocking modest stimulus funds for our economy. Now they've identified their next hostage.