I just watched a few minutes of Wolf Blitzer's interview of Republican congressman Joe Barton (Tex.), whose total indifference to the nation's welfare was one of the most shocking spectacles I believe I have ever witnessed in all my years of following politics.
Barton just didn't care that we're about to default and lose our AAA credit rating and put millions of jobs at risk and imperil millions of safety nets for seniors and spike interest rates and blow up the global economy and God only knows what else. No, he first wants entitlement reforms, trimmings of Social Security, a complete revamping of our long-term debt--and he wants all of it now, implying it could be done before we default in a bit more than 24 hours.
It was easy to see he knew it was all bullshit. He didn't believe a word of it, he was merely pandering to the home nihilists. It was sickening.
Given that his conference is infested with Joe Bartons, John Boehner has to be at the breaking point. Politico's most recent notation is that "The Tuesday evening drama is ironic because Boehner spent all day changing the bill to maximize Republican support." But there's no longer any Republican consensus except that of thundering imbecility among the Barton faction.
Boehner has to cut 'em loose, and I expect he will, soon. His own caucus has left him no choice.