Despite President Obama’s warning that “we are not a deadbeat nation,” the GOP is ready to play it hard just to teach the nation a lesson about the debt ceiling and to prove to the voters that they’re really butch.
House Speaker John Boehner “may need a shutdown just to get it out of their system,” said a top GOP leadership adviser. “We might need to do that for member-management purposes — so they have an endgame and can show their constituents they’re fighting.”
That’s like saying to Captain Smith on the bridge of the Titanic in April 1912:
We might need to ram that iceberg just to show the world that we weren’t kidding when we said this ship was “unsinkable.”
Full speed ahead, ensign.