GOP’s Obstructionism Is Suicide Strategy
The key to the suicide bomb strategy is to convince people that members of the conservative wing of the Republican Party are crazy enough to wreck the economy if they don’t get their way. Democratic leaders seem to believe them. Like the hapless bartender, they keep tossing the Republicans wads of cash — spending cuts and tax breaks — in order to spare the country from a debt default, shutdown or recession.
But this bomber will not be satisfied by a few payoffs. The Republicans continue to use every opportunity to extract concessions by threatening to wreck the economy … again. When Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner proposed a permanent debt ceiling extension during the last round of negotiations, McConnell reportedly laughed in his face. The suicide bomb has become the Republicans’ most effective weapon. Why would they give that up?
Politics is about compromise. How can people who are in the field not get that simple point?