Archive for July, 2011
In the comic books, I guess we’d call him a supervillain. In 2001, I would guess we’d call him a terrorist. These days we just call them Republican members of Congress.
BOEHNER: Well, first they want more. And my goodness, I want more too. And secondly, a lot of them believe that if we get past August the second and we have enough chaos, we could force the Senate and the White House to accept a balanced budget amendment. I’m not sure that that — I don’t think that that strategy works. Because I think the closer we get to August the second, frankly, the less leverage we have vis a vis our colleagues in the Senate and the White House.
Fortunately, as he points out, by pushing things out as far as they have, they’re losing leverage. I do not have a serious expectation that Teapublicans are going to successfully play chicken and force economic chaos, but what they’re willing to do to get as far as they have is fairly disturbing.
As far as it goes, however, I expect most have already committed political suicide with their attempts to gut Medicare. Hopefully things won’t be in even more horrific shape when they’re voted out for their bullshit.