If it weren’t so damaging to our country if the Republicans can’t convince enough of their house caucus to vote for the debt limit increase, this would be so much fun to watch:
The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, warned Wednesday that allowing a federal default could have disastrous political consequences for his party and “destroy” the Republican brand.
With increasing numbers of House Republicans digging in against an increase in the debt limit and dismissing the potential economic consequences from a default, Mr. McConnell used a radio interview to defend his proposal to allow a three-stage increase and predicted that Republicans would be punished if they did not allow the debt ceiling to be raised.
Recounting how the 1995 government shutdown helped Bill Clinton win re-election the next year, Mr. McConnell said any impasse that hurt the nation’s credit and led to government checks being delayed could have the same result for President Obama.
“He will say Republicans are making the economy worse,” Mr. McConnell, who is recognized as one of his party’s top political strategists, said in a interview with the radio host Laura Ingraham. “It is an argument that he could have a good chance of winning and all of the sudden we have co-ownership of the economy. That is a very bad position going into the election.”
At the same time, one Republican presidential hopeful, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, was drawing a hard line against voting to raise the debt ceiling and disputing the idea that the government’s credit standing would be jeopardized by the impasse.
Note that the only thing forcing McConnell is the potential political price, not the damage to the country. Political power is all they ever care about.
But they brought this on themselves. They spewed constant bullshit about Obama’s big spending and spent years pretending to be fiscally conservative, all while allowing their messaging machine to spew insanity, and now they have a bunch of true believers who are as hard-headed on the outside as they are soft on the inside. They fundamentally do not understand what they are doing- the think not increasing the debt limit will stop out of control spending when all it will do is renege on paying the bills for already spent money. That’s why it is called debt. “HAHAHAHA- I’ll get the future family budget in line, I’ll rip up all my old bills and tell people I owe money to fuck off! And then I just won’t spend any money on anything, not rent, food, utilities for a couple years and everything will be fixed WOO FISCAL CONSERVATISM! Yeah! That’s the ticket!”
It’s like trying to lose weight by pretending you haven’t eaten for the last ten years. But they’re too pig-headed and too caught up in an anti-tax mantra to think they’re way out of it. They are convinced they know what they are talking about, and anyone who points out they are clueless is an evil liberal or worse.
Like I said, it would be fun to watch them play russian roullette with each other if they were not pointing the gun at the nation’s head.