" GOP lawmakers encouraged the rise of the tea party, which now dominates
Republican primaries and threatens the same leaders who nurtured it.
Cruz’s fellow Texan, John Cornyn, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, could
face a primary challenge next year and therefore can’t afford to cross
Cruz, who beat an establishment Republican in the 2012 primary.
Likewise, the Senate GOP leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is up for
reelection and has to keep on the good side of tea party favorites such
as Sen. Rand Paul, also of Kentucky, and Cruz."
Then, about whether ideological stalemate is a good way to run the country:
" The Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank reforms were enacted despite
GOP obduracy and promiscuous use of the filibuster, in part because
Democrats for a short time had 60 votes in the Senate and kept their
members together. But the quality of both laws was diminished by the
unwillingness of members of the minority to vote for the final product
on the floor after many concessions they requested had been agreed to
during committee markups. More important, passing laws in this fashion
left nearly half the polity viewing the legislation as illegitimate. "
" Finally, Summers’s idea that climate change and inequality are issues
not of gridlock but of vision forgets the fact that serious debates
about policy avenues in these areas are impossible if half the political
arena believes that climate change is a hoax, and if one political
party is animated by the Grover Norquist no-tax pledge and the Mitt
Romney vision of a nation of 53 percent makers and 47 percent takers."
GOT THAT RIGHT.
Maybe, just maybe, the cowardly act of not passing any meaningful gun control legislation despite the crying blood of the children of Newtown will be somewhat of a wake-up call. I'd like to think so, even it's unlikely.