Oh all right if you insist. Jonathan Chait is a political analyst -- a commentator -- not a psychiatrist. But he's got the knack. He studies the behaviors of Republican members of the House of Representatives and sees rampant insanity.
The decision that they no longer care about the thing they were prepared to unleash worldwide economic havoc to achieve has not caused them to abandon the debt ceiling as a hostage. (It’s the party’s Nelson Muntz–ian approach to resolving policy disagreements: “Gotta nuke something.") If obtaining retirement cuts went from so urgent it was worth threatening to nuke the world economy over to "meh," the next step is to figure out the next thing to nuke the world economy over. That thing, the Post reports, is tax reform.
But what is the GOP position on tax reform? It’s that tax reform must cut tax rates and not raise any revenue at all. So House Republicans are prepared to refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless Democrats agree to let them cut tax rates without increasing revenue. Their extraordinary threat, first presented as a way to force a reduction in the deficit, is now being wielded to prevent a reduction in the deficit. ...Chait,Daily Intel
Nuts with nukes! We don't just need gun control -- background checks and the rest -- we need to take control of Republicans. Cool, calm place with a reliable lock on the door. And maybe President Obama needs to quit treating them as though they're sane. He knows how to defeat them with humor. He shouldn't limit those efforts to riffs at the White House Correspondents dinner.