Another valuable insight from my parallel thinker Greg Sargent at the Washington Post:
Paul Ryan admits GOP can't govern without a hostage crisis
Here's one of the things he wrote (emphasis mine):
"The simple fact of the matter here is that Republicans are not willing to enter into negotiations over the budget unless they can use the threat of crashing the economy to get more of what they want. To this apparent end, conservative Senators such as Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have insisted that Dems agree in advance of any budget talks not to make the debt limit any part of them — a position supported by Mitch McConnell. But as Jonathan Chait noted recently, Democrats can’t do this; it would mean “they couldn’t strike any deal because Republicans would come back in the fall demanding more concessions in return for not blowing up the world economy.”This would be unbelievable in a movie if it wasn't for the fact that this is actually happening. Ugh.