Obama and the Democrats have utterly defeated the Tea Party.
This is a must-read article on how they did it. It's the sweetest thing I've ever read.
WASHINGTON — More than two years ago, President Obama was still in the thick of his previous showdown with Republican House leaders over the nation’s debt limit when he called five senior advisers into his office. He did not ask their advice, one said. Rather, he told them, in a way that brooked no discussion: From now on, no more negotiating over legislation so basic and essential to the economy, and the country.
“I’m not going through this again. It’s bad for democracy. It’s bad for the presidency,” Mr. Obama said, according to the adviser, who declined to be identified describing internal discussions. The president then told the group — his Treasury secretary, chief Congressional lobbyist, chief economic adviser and both his and the vice president’s chiefs of staff — to spread that word, “even in your body language.”
He had the united backing of Congressional Democrats. “It took very little persuasion,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York. “The theory is very simple: It’s that if you do it now, we’ll be doing it every three months.”And they got one.
But the House Republican majority, dominated by Tea Party conservatives who scorned the default warnings, was widely seen until last week as less likely than Mr. Obama to flinch. Mr. Boehner, at an August fund-raiser in Idaho, promised “a whale of a fight.”
What's so sweet about this is, every one of the incompetent, country-wrecking Teabag scum is implicated in the failed Teabag Putsch. Cruz, Lee, even Palin. And the "moderate" Republicans went along with them out of fear.
I've been a Kossack since the darkest days of the Bush era (UID 71), and I think this is one of the most momentous events of modern times, up there with the 2012 election.
The Tea Party tried to stage a coup, they took the whole world economy hostage, and Obama saved the day. This situation was about as serious as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
And it looks like "false equivalence" is finally becoming obsolete, the whole country knows this was an act of the Republican party, they are only becoming more despised.
Before this fiasco, I would say the GOP had maybe 8-10 more years as a national party due to demographic changes and the party's inability to adapt. This failed putsch can only accelerate their demise.