I think that politically, it might be smart for Republicans to force a default this summer and blow up the economy. It would be a risk and it might destroy them but I think it could be the best chance they have right now. I would not have said this before they all voted for Vouchercare. Seems some Republicans are thinking the same way:
“Of course, it’s dangerous,” a House Republican close to Boehner said of the politics of a government default. “But it’s dangerous for everybody, especially the president. At the end of the day, [Obama] will have to give in.”
“Who has egg on their face if there is a sovereign debt crisis, House Republicans or the president?” asked another senior GOP lawmaker.
If the economy goes into true free fall, they’ve got a very good shot to unseat Obama. I’m not sure they’ll get blamed if they cause it with default or default lite or whatever, because the media is so much on their side on the debt ceiling stuff in a way that it wasn’t with the possible shut down.
Once they’re in, they should find some pretext to abolish labor unions as much as possible and then try to disenfranchise as many younger and non-white people as they can, after extended DOJ “investigation”/Congressional hearings/Breitbart circuses about teh voter fraud. Again, I think the media would back much of this.
Am I being too cynical? This is what I honestly think they should do if they want to obtain and maintain power.
Update. As many have pointed out, there’s no way their corporate masters would allow them to do this. They’d take a big hit in terms of donations. But I still think this might be their best chance to take the White House.