Last year, Republican leaders in Congress declared they should fight thep on the debt ceiling. When conservatives chose to fight on the continuing resolution to fund the government, Republican leaders, the Democrats and the press attacked Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and others for daring to risk a government shutdown. Speaker John Boehner, Congressmen Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, and Sens. Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn argued the GOP must fight on the debt ceiling.
After the government shutdown, the GOP continued the case for a fight over the debt ceiling. They would demand approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a full delay of Obamacare and other assorted demands. Two weeks ago, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, said the GOP must extract concessions from the president in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
Instead, with no strings or concessions, the GOP handed President Obama a blank check good through March of next year. Sen. Mitch McConnell personally led Republicans to the floor of the Senate to overcome Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster of the debt-ceiling increase.
The Washington Press Corps, formerly guardians of propriety in George Bush's administration, applauded the Republicans and Democrats coming together to mortgage our future. The collaborative efforts of the press and political parties in Washington to preserve the status quo further alienates them all from the American people. A seething animosity toward Washington runs through middle-American voters now. They feel betrayed by all sides. That animosity is only going to grow, making for a very interesting election year.