The Debt Ceiling debates have caused the Republican party to cannibalize itself. Congressmen are at odds, and the Tea Party, to quote Republican Rep. Allen West, has gone “schizophrenic.”
The Cannibal eats its own, and so do conservatives apparently, whether they be traditional Republicans or the mad Tea partiers.
The back and forth game over the debt ceiling has grown tiresome, revealing the government for what it truly is: old, inefficient, useless, vestigial, lumbering—in a word, dead. It has reached the point that Rome reached thousands of years ago: legislative paralysis.
We’ve seen this behavior before out of D.C., but it’s never been this entertaining, what with rank and file Republicans revolting against John Boehner’s plan (who knew he’d end up being the voice of reason), and the Tea Party revolting against their own golden boys like Rep. Allen West.
West supports the Boehner plan, a move that has enraged the Tea Party base, which is threatening to unseat him come the 2012 congressional elections. West reposted by calling the Tea Party “schizophrenic” on the Laura Ingraham Show.
John McCain, for his part, has called conservatives “tea party Hobbits” looking for anyway to defeat “Mordor.” McCain, in his Senate floor speech, went on to say, “This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees.” In the very same speech McCain called the Tea Party demands “bizarro,” which suggests the Republican party now exists in some surreal, anti-world version of the space and time it once occupied in the halcyon days of Reagan’s presidency they always long for theatrically.
Indeed, the Democratic Party has actually moved to the right in the debt limit talks, pushing certain of the Republican’s Tea Party even further right in a madcap adventure purely as a political power move.
Ron Paul, on the other hand, believes that the raising of the debt limit will pass because vested interests lobbying both parties have lucrative government contracts in limbo. This nuanced view, however, isn’t exactly the majority view within the Republican party and Tea Party wing: defeating the Democrats is the goal.
Whether Boehner can rally this band of mental patients remains to be seen.