Meanwhile, across the aisle, there's a vivid example of how dissenters and unyielding partisans and people unafraid of disappointment can move the country in the direction they want to take it. The debt ceiling crisis is a scandal, but you have to politically admire the 2010 House freshmen who have caused the crisis.
That is scary apocalyptic thinking, to me, but it's also politically effective...
One thing that would strengthen his [Obama's] resolve might be Democrats to his left who won't vote for such a deal even if he says he backs it. Yes, they would be joining the GOP extremists in playing chicken with the debt ceiling, but it's worth playing that out for a while.
May I suggest that Ms. Walsh read the New York Times to learn that not only would her advice ramp up the lunacy that is currently gripping DC, but it actually results in the exact opposite outcome she envisions...it drives leadership to negotiate with the opposition.
At the Capitol, however, the emphasis was on a plan that Mr. McConnell has been putting together with the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, to empower Mr. Obama to raise the borrowing ceiling.
The four House leaders — Mr. Boehner, Mr. Cantor; Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader; and Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat — met Wednesday and, according to officials, reviewed problems with the McConnell plan.
Such talks between the two parties’ leaders in the House, which are rare given the polarized relations in that chamber, reflect the recognition that the Republican majority cannot pass the increase in the debt limit without a significant number of votes from Democrats.
Yes, the Tea Party lunatics are taking a fiery stand. I'm sure that feels good to their followers. But what is the outcome? Republican leadership is forced to negotiate with the Democrats to get a bill passed. That strategy Ms. Walsh admires so much has made the Tea Partiers irrelevant to the process.
So yes, we should sooooo follow their brilliant strategy...NOT!!!!!