Another year, another battle over the budget. This time the threat is a trifecta, a showdown over shutting down government, defunding Obamacare, and a default on the Federal Debt by not raising the debt ceiling. The stakes could not possibly be higher – and yet just about no one outside of Washingtoon wants to be in this game in the first place. How did it get to this?
First of all, this is about the Republican Party and absolutely nothing else. Boehner and the leadership had to prove their mettle to more vocal Tea Party members if they wanted to have a chance to keep their positions. But there is little doubt that even if they win the greater party outside stands to lose the most in this game. For the rest of us, all we can do is hope that nothing stupid winds up happening.