Maybe it’s just me. Maybe my hopes were tainted by the approach of Thanksgiving. Whatever my heart was longing for, the reality is, my head has secretly known all along that the ugliness and ineptitude behind October’s debt ceiling/government shutdown debacle was certain to come back again.Read More »from Shutdown 2.0: Congress Learned Nothing, Is Ready to Repeat Past Mistakes
And sure enough, it is. The five week ceasefire in Washington is officially over.
As my co-host Jeff Macke and I discuss in the attached video, whether it’s Tea Party members who want to do it all over again and think their only strategic blunder was “bad messaging,” or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who is about to break 225 years of precedent and change the body’s procedural voting rules by invoking what’s known as “the nuclear option,” rancor is clearly on the rise.
“If your enemy is harming himself,” Macke paraphrases military lore, “don’t interrupt him.”
The point is, the best thing to happen to the Republicans generally, and the Tea Party specifically, since their failed shutdown negotiations was a gift, not an initiative. The rocky rollout of Obamacare has done as much to harm the left as it has in unifying the right.