There’s one thing that never crossed their Tea-soaked minds when Republicans decided to follow the lead of the Rev. Cruz and begin this whole shebang over shutting down the government. One thing this venture into insanity has done that few thought could ever be done. The Grand Old Tea Party has managed to unite the Democratic Party.
The GOP assumed (and you know the old adage about ass-u-me-d) that at some point Democrats would give in and pay the ransom. Much to their surprise this hasn’t happened. In fact, Democrats have had their Mel Gibson “Ransom” moment, when they not only refuse to pay, but make demands of their own.
Frankly, I think there was some distrust among Democrats themselves in the beginning. The Senate was unsure that President Obama would hold firm on the demand that he would not negotiate until the government was open and the bills were paid. I also think President Obama was shaky about whether or not a few of the more conservative member of the Democratic caucus in the Senate might break ranks when push came to shove. But as this drags on, and both the Senators and the President see the other standing their ground, a bolder and bolder position has emerged. There has been a solid 54 votes on everything, even Susan Collins’ pretend middle-ground offer yesterday.
(Back to the Ransom analogy for a moment, the Republicans in the House are going all Gary Sinise and losing their shit. Heh, heh, heh,)
Republicans probably don’t realize it yet—as some diehard TPers are still holding on to the fantasy of taking a big bite out of the ACA–but they’ve already lost this war. The only thing left open is the terms of their surrender. And big ups to President Obama, Harry Reid, and Democrats in the Senate for not budging.. The Tea Party stranglehold had to be broken and it had to be done now. Government by extortion could not be allowed to become the way business is done in Washington.