It looks now as if this really, maybe, could be the end — Ted Cruz willing and the creek don’t rise.
And what was it all for — the government shutdown, the default cliff dance, the farcical dysfunction? Of course, it was about nothing, as we said from the beginning. And the Tea Partiers, who wanted to defund, delay and destroy Obamacare, are getting a worse deal than they could have had if they hadn’t put us here in the first place.
But don’t think the Tea Partiers lost. Among other things, they don’t accept conventional definitions of winning and losing, just like they’re a little confused on warming and cooling. Yes, the GOP brand is in full self-destruct mode. Yes, the polls are historically bad. Yes, John Boehner has cemented his place in whatever is the opposite of the speaker version of Mount Rushmore. Yes, the Tea Partiers really thought they’d get the worthless, except for its cruelty to low-paid staff workers, Vitter amendment into law — a new low in random small mindedness. Yes, it seems the phony baloney crisis will end the way everyone predicted weeks ago — with Boehner caving and Nancy Pelosi calling in the troops to save the day. And, yes, it has been a reckless course leading to a humiliating defeat, in which even the business community has to wonder if it has a trustworthy partner in House Republicans.
But you know who’s not humiliated. That’s right, those Tea Partiers who think the shutdown was a victory, that stepping right up to the default abyss was a hoot, that government is for losers and causing chaos is the reason they were called to Washington.
Chaos we had. Chaos we’ll have, it seems, forever.
We might even have some more before this one is all over, with default day tomorrow and the suicide caucus still dressed for battle.
If it really is over, though, and the Republic is saved for another day, we’ll see you in about three months and we can do this all over again.