Gone is anything resembling enlightened democracy, or even rancid deal making. I think Obama must now take whatever actions he legally can to obviate the GOP in the House. One of these is invoking the 14th amendment: "The debt of the US shall not be questioned," and simply continue to pay our bills..."debt ceiling" is de facto unconstitutional. The GOP will be a pile of sand by next election. I wouldn't be surprised if a large number are coerced out before then by all the stinging wounded big money people who are about to see the market implode, thanks to the T-bag vermin.