I wrote nothing celebratory last Friday about the economy's creation of nearly a quarter-million jobs for two cautious reasons: one, the GOP's unsequestered malignancy has yet to work its contractionary black magic; and two, any good economic news is sure to be met with renewed determination by same to render it bad, asap.
Congressional Republicans will tolerate much. They'll tolerate a cesspool of an image, a joke of a budget, an internal cadre of posturing nincompoops hellbent on wrecking the party. What they won't tolerate is a dynamic economy under a Democratic president. And 236,000 new jobs is bumping too close to economic vitality for their political comfort.
Hence Mitch McConnell's foreboding remark yesterday:
We all anticipate that the president’s request of us to raise the debt ceiling, which we’ll probably do sometime, this will generate another, hopefully, another discussion about solving the real problem.
So much for last month's artifice:
"We’re not going to take a stand on the debt ceiling. We’re going to take a stand on the sequester," said a Republican senator, who requested anonymity to discuss his party’s strategy.
Senator Anonymous' declaration was unbelievable then, and merely proves the axiomatic now: there is no honor among thieves or political assassins or minority-leading terrorists of economic confidence-butchering extortion--"which we'll probably do sometime"?
We're always looking for Republicans' rock bottom. There isn't one.