Ezra Klein is by far one of the better politico-economic analysts in Washington. He is almost painfully fair and objective, which is why he's also nearly always more critical of Republicans--plainly, easily the most criticizable bunch of insidious hooligans in modern political history. They have taken us to unprovoked warfare, to mass unemployment, to intense polarization, to plutocratic heights, to bankrupt lows. They are a scourge. And everyone knows it, even Republicans, who happen to fancy being America's scolding scourge.
So why in God's name would Klein then scribble this titanically unanalytical unbelievability?
I'm not one who thinks Republicans intentionally tank the economy to undermine Obama.
Right. Rhetorical question. Klein wishes not to come across as "polemical." And since accusing Republicans of nakedly unpatriotic behavior--no matter how thunderingly self-evident that behavior is--would be countered by accusations of Klein having committed the egregiousness of inexorable thinking and conclusive writing, Klein passes. Some would say, "Klein wimps out," but let's not be polemical.
Yet peculiar, is it not, that later in the same column he writes:
If I were the market, I'd take the fact that the leader of one of the two parties [John Boehner] has publicly said that he "welcomes" debt-ceiling showdowns as evidence that the United States is almost certain to default on its debt -- if only temporarily -- within the next decade or so.
In brief, what Boehner desires, as Klein implies (correctly), is a near lethal knifing of the U.S. economy. The Speaker's recently iterated threat--"I will again insist on my simple principle of cuts and reforms greater than the debt limit increase"--was reckless, extortionist, needlessly market-spooking and economy-tanking and ... intentional.
All around the edges, Klein points this out; but dead square in the middle, he's "not one who thinks" it's true.
Come on, Ezra. Get real.