Haters Gonna Hate

I missed this one yesterday, but Digby (and The Economist) got it exactly right: When Mr Obama stops speaking as a partisan advocate of ambitious liberal goals, adopts his mature school-principal voice, and demands simply that political players adhere to reasonable norms of democratic governance, Republicans are left with nothing to oppose except the reasonable norms of democratic governance. ...

GOP Shutdown, Day 9

As many observers had predicted, Washington is quickly going from simply a GOP tantrum-generated shutdown (already serious and harmful enough) to a much more serious (though still GOP-driven) potential default on the full faith and credit of the United States. Only, even the tea partiest of the current crop of GoOPers can't ignore the fact that most sensible people and virtually every...