Andrew Sullivan, editor of The Dish and a moderate republican political/social blogger, writes that there are three groups of people in politics: "The first group is the crazy people - the ones who want to default in order to kill off the government. The second group is the people who are appalled by the crazy people - you and me, and lots of other people. The third group is the people who aren't crazy, but who have made alliances with the crazy people."
Since 2008, the GOP has made alliances with the crazy people, and they are starting to pay the price. Indeed, "you reap what you sow" says political commentator Eleanor Clift.
After sleeping with the tea party and enjoying some isolated benefits, traditional Republicans can't figure out how to get rid of them and are stuck with people like Joe the Plummer proclaiming that "America needs a white Republican president," and Michael Ashmore, a young man from Texas, waving the confederate flag in front of the White House.
Warning: You will be judged by the company you keep.
After 16 days of inflicting economic pain on millions of Americans and causing the loss of over $24 billion to the U.S. economy, the "pro-business" party demonstrated how little it knows about running a business and how incompetent it is at governing.
House Republicans seemed surprised to discover how much the government impacts the daily lives of average Americans. From maintaining our national monuments to conducting cancer research in children, they were blind to the consequences of their own inability to keep the trains running. They tried to shut down the government and ended up shutting down hundreds of small businesses instead.
The House Republicans finally caved to the demands of 70 percent of Americans who wanted them to open the U.S. government and give the Treasury Department the authority to raise the debt limit so we could pay our nation's bills. And how hypocritical is it that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said that the shutdown was all about getting our nation's spending under control, slipped $2.2 billion into the final bill for a dam project in his home state of Kentucky?
Taken out of the bill at the last minute was an attempt by House Republicans to remove health-care subsidies from their own congressional staff. As one unnamed staffer wrote, "I guess what I find most outrageous about this amendment is that it most hurts the youngest, least well paid staff who already make 25-35k a year in one of the most expensive cities in the country. We have several who fit that description in my office - they all went to top schools, got sterling GPAs, have awesome resumes that could get them hired at an investment bank or anywhere else, but they came here to try to make a difference."
Now that this latest manufactured crisis is over, Republican members of the House are falling back to their pre-shutdown manufactured scandal: Benghazi. Where were their outrage and their calls for endless investigations of the George W. Bush administration after the 4,000 deaths on 9/11? Where were their outrage and their calls for impeachment after the 13 American embassy attacks during the Bush administration? For some in the GOP, one embassy attack under Obama is greater than 13 embassy attacks and a 9/11 assault on our homeland under Bush.
Some Republicans are calling for Obama to be impeached for incompetence regarding the Benghazi tragedy. Well, if we are going to start impeaching politicians for incompetence, the line will be long. I suggest we start with the Republicans who planned and managed the government shutdown.