On nearly all political issues that come up, when I scan the comments here and read some of the other internets, I can find a position or strategy that I agree with.
Not so with the current Republican hostage situation. Debt ceiling passage or not, a hostage situation will continue in some form or another. I agree with the blanket statement “this will have to be solved by the voters”, but I don’t see how, politically, that will be possible in the short-to-medium term. This time it was a House majority using extortion to advance a teahadist agenda, but next time it could be a Senate minority, via the filibuster.
Here is the one thing I can think of: in most political situations, there is some heavy-handed thing that can be done to get around Congressional obstructionism. Obama could have used the 14th Amendment (I don’t know that that would have been legal, but when did that ever stop a president). Reid could have tried to abolish the filibuster in the last Senate.
Voters don’t care about process. Maybe it’s time for Democrats to use procedural tools more aggressively.