Republicans Rewrite the Ransom Note . . . Again
Two issues led to the shutdown. One was defunding or delaying Obamacare. The other, as Sen. Ted Cruz put it, was “making D.C. listen.”
What’s been remarkable — and largely unnoticed — is that Republicans have abandoned both those demands. But that hasn’t led them to reopen the government — much less swear off a debt-ceiling crisis. So the hostage remains even as the GOP rethinks and rewrites its ransom note.
Republicans have also abandoned their core policy demand. They’ve largely stopped talking about Obamacare. They’re begging simply for negotiations. Their latest plan, in fact, is for another budget commission:
More important, though, in the bigger picture, Republicans aren’t just flailing, they’re lost.
They shut the government down last week, and they’re prepared to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States next week. They freely admit they’re prepared to impose self-inflicted wounds on Americans, on purpose, unless their demands are met.
And what are those demands? Even now, after months of planning and fiascos of their own making, the party’s own leaders and members haven’t the foggiest idea.
Here’s a radical suggestion: maybe Republicans can reopen the government, agree to skip the sovereign debt crisis, get their act together, and get back to us?
Ultimately, it’s not about Obamacare or debt limits or government spending or entitlement programs. It’s about destroying the presidency of Barack Obama which is why nothing short of the impeachment of this president will appease these people.
The Michele Bachmann source photograph is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore.