EJ Dionne describes it as "the disintegration of Tea Party Republicanism." His reasoning is persuasive.
Media reports are touting the Senate’s Gang of Six and its new budget outline. But the news that explains why the nation is caught in this debt-ceiling fiasco is the gang warfare inside the Republican Party. We are witnessing the disintegration of Tea Party Republicanism.
The Tea Party’s followers have endangered the nation’s credit rating and the GOP by pushing both House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor away from their own best instincts.
Cantor worked amicably with the negotiating group organized by Vice President Joe Biden and won praise for his focus even from liberal staffers who have no use for his politics.
Yet when the Biden group seemed close to a deal, it was shot down by the Tea Party’s champions. Boehner left Cantor exposed as the frontman in the Biden talks and did little to rescue him.
Then it was Boehner’s turn on the firing line. He came near a bigger budget deal with President Obama, but the same right-wing rejectionists blew this up, too. Cantor evened the score by serving as a spokesman for Republicans opposed to any tax increase of any kind.
What this has done, says Dionne, is to show how powerless the Republican leadership really is.
Republican leaders are simply unable to control the party even in the run-up to a real crisis. The fake crisis is the deliberate inflation of the raising of the debt ceiling. The real crisis is the fallout from not raising it. Let's just remind ourselves here that raising the debt ceiling is a way of avoiding costly default on past and ongoing obligations -- not a political decision about how to budget in the future. Default isn't a handy way of teaching ourselves a lesson. Rather, it's a costly way to play fiscal politics while defying the rules laid out in the Constitution.
Republicans need to decide whether they want to be responsible conservatives or whether they will let the Tea Party destroy the House That Lincoln Built in a glorious explosion. Such pyrotechnics may look great to some people on the pages of a novel or in a movie, but they’re rather unpleasant when experienced in real life.
I don't care if the radicals fall off the cliff -- I'd cheer. The rest of the Republican party either goes down with them or it saves itself. Time to listen to the voice of one Republican supporter:
Let's hope the USA goes into full DEFAULT so we can watch President Obozo SUCK on a BIG DEBT crisis for the next few months. It only serves him and his TAX CHEAT TIMMY GEITHNER right that they be allowed to do so.
UP YOURS PRESIDENT BOZO. You are A ONE TERMER!!!!!
That comes from commenter "Prez Obozo Sux" at The Hill.