The Post's Michael Gerson attempts a stupendous feat of political obfuscation in attributing the debt negotiation's difficulties to
The conflict between social Democrats and pro-business Democrats.... Again and again, Democratic leaders have failed to produce budget approaches that unite 90 percent of their caucus. This is not entirely their fault. The ideological distance between social Democrats and pro-business Democrats is wider than any ideological gap on the Republican side.
What Gerson shrewdly elides is that all Democrats know that any budget deal that includes what virtually everyone outside Republicans' narrow ideological gap knows is ultimately needed -- tax increases -- would be ruthlessly demagogued. Democrats would have it strapped around their necks in the upcoming campaign in RyanCare-offsetting twists and distortions.
For honest fiscal debates in Washington have been essentially outlawed by the GOP since the tax-cutting, deficit-ballooning era of the Great Communicator, notwithstanding his own occasional violations of supply-side Scripture.
Gerson is correct in observing the two extant schools of Congressional Democratic politics: social democrats and pro-business (or neo-liberal) Democrats. But were it not for insanely devout Republicans' catechism on taxes -- which has surpassed mere econo-political belief and morphed monstrously into nothing less than a declaration of what is and what's not acceptable Americanism -- Democrats by now would have worked in passable harmony on a grand and sensible bargain.
I can't prove that, of course, since no one can prove a negative. There's also that little problem of the agenda-driving, Radical Republican House, which renders any Democratic unity, on most any subject, politically academic. But I suppose actual proof isn't actually needed. Because on the face of it, for Gerson to attribute debt-negotiation difficulties to any significant degree to Democratic divisions rather than inviolable Republican doctrine is both intellectually offensive and laughably partisan.