The craziness of American governance has accelerated at such a freakishly insane rate as to render it too ungovernably insane to even ponder rationally any longer. Jonathan Chait makes a gallant stab at it in his hilarious "New Crazy GOP Plan: No Negotiations With Obama!"--but, wouldn't you know it?, there's a problem, seemingly overlooked by Chait. He writes:
The differences between the mainstream figures and the crazies seem to lie almost entirely in tactics. The mainstream Republicans have a decent grasp of the possibilities and constraints of political power, and can formulate rational plans to obtain their goals.... The crazies don’t understand any of those things.
The "tactic" that Chait is generally referring to is of course the non-negotiating one. And he's right. It's crazy. We've come to that. Yet by Chait's own measure President Obama is also crazy, since Obama himself has announced that he will not under any circumstances negotiate a rise in the debt ceiling. Previously I (and many others) had encouraged Obama to hew to his debt-ceiling non-negotiating tactic in relation to the fiscal cliff, too, an act of encouragement for which I (and many others) was labeled crazy--by many of the very people who nonetheless believe Obama is being stunningly brilliant and breathtakingly brave for absolutely refusing to negotiate the debt ceiling. Now there's not an iota of any real tactical difference between Obama's "craziness" and us fiscal-cliff crazies, yet, there you have it: the craziness of crazies who indeed see a real difference, and in glorious abundance.
It is--all of it--enough to drive one crazy. Which makes us--all of us--the perfect voices to comment on American governance.