Leading Republicans appear to be nerving themselves up for another round of attempted fiscal blackmail. With the end of the fiscal year looming, they aren’t offering the kinds of compromises that might produce a deal and avoid a government shutdown; instead, they’re drafting extremist legislation — bills that would, for example, cut clean-water grants by 83 percent — that has no chance of becoming law. Furthermore, they’re threatening, once again, to block any rise in the debt ceiling, a move that would damage the U.S. economy and possibly provoke a world financial crisis.Yet even as Republican politicians seem ready to go on the offensive, there’s a palpable sense of anxiety, even despair, among conservative pundits and analysts. Better-informed people on the right seem, finally, to be facing up to a horrible truth: Health care reform, President Obama’s signature policy achievement, is probably going to work.
The wing of the GOP that actually wants to win elections, specifically, is terrified. They're now seeing the extremist wing of the GOP that would rather burn the country to ashes juggling flaming torches in a fireworks factory while standing on an oil-soaked tightrope. They stopped giving a damn the second President Obama got re-elected. For them, it's about enacting bloody revenge against the people who made Obama's second term possible: women, working-class parents and their families, African-Americans and Latinos, and the Millennial generation.
Since these are the groups that will be helped by Obamacare, Obamacare has to go: long-term it's the end of the GOP. But the wingers are willing now to shut the government down in order to stop it. Let's be clear here:
It's a bluff.
The corporate interests that control Washington will never allow the government to be shut down. The resulting chaos will cost them billions and they know it. They will take the GOP out rather than lose 10, 11, 12 figure sums. So no, the government won't blow up, and the debt ceiling will be raised.
That puts the GOP in a tough position: if they somehow do pull the plug, they're done. If they don't, they're done. How much damage will they do to America before they grind to a halt?
We're about to find out.