Speaking of luck, a president just cannot get any luckier than to have a former House speaker proclaim to the nation that the present House speaker cannot possibly "sustain" a threat of national default because the president is "going out of his way to bully" the House Republicans, even though the former House speaker simultaneously concedes that "No one is going to default, no one is going to allow the United States to not pay its bills, no one is going to accept the economic costs. It rallies the entire business community to the president’s side."
That bit of self-cancelling lunacy is brought to you by the Republican Party's resident "intellectual" and "Big Idea" man--former Speaker Newt Gingrich. I have to admit that though I always expect very little from Newt, I would have expected more than this. My dear Mr. Gingrich, how could you do it to The Cause?--to openly confess, that is, that no presidential bullying is required, in fact no presidential pressure is even necessary, since No one is going to default.
Newt's a history buff, thus he might also have noticed that not since Lee wandered overconfidently into Pennsylvania has an American president watched his militant opposition so strikingly convert a string of successes into a self-bloodying abyss--from losing an almost guaranteed Senate majority to nominating a hopelessly inept schmendrick for president to now issuing threats of which their keepers on Wall Street profoundly disapprove. It's true that Lincoln never cared to credit his own successes to any divine will (for therein lurks a theological rat's nest) but collectively this sort of oppositional bumbling makes one wonder if Evil--on average being rather stupid--doesn't generally come with its own expiration date.