I wanted to write a note thanking the GOP nutters who step in like Captain Planet whenever we need a bad situation to blow up in John Boehner’s face. Then I scanned my RSS reader and found that Charles Pierce and Krugthulu! Aieeeee! Phthagn! already said it better. Pierce:
He offered himself up as Speaker knowing full well that, in 2010, the country had elected itself a Congress straight out of the more fantastical chapters of Gulliver’s Travels. He had to have watched what happened thereafter, when the president put a deal on the table in 2011 that made him look like Dwight Eisenhower on a bad day, and Boehner couldn’t sell it to the vandals in his caucus. He had to have watched as a vulnerable Democratic president got re-elected with ease, and brought a more liberal Democratic senatorial majority along with him, largely because the Republican presidential primary field was such a carnival of the politically insane that it even made an useless windsock like Willard Romney look like the wildest hair across Barry Goldwater’s ass. Boehner had to know that there is no deal he could have brought back to his caucus — no bargain, grand or otherwise, that he could sell — because he no longer even is the putative leader of an actual political party.
Very nice. Alsotoo, that NIH budget cut means that I might soon need that unemployment insurance that the sequestration bill also cuts. Yay democracy.