Once again we have a pundit trying to defend a cowardly house, perpetuate the myth that not raising the debt ceiling means default, and paint the tea party as well meaning but detrimental to the cause. And the pundits advice: a series of short term compromises. So two years from now instead of enjoying the fruits of a long term deal we will be in the exact same place. Republicans may not be able to govern from one house of congress, but they do have the means to affect rational, necessary change and an electorate who demands they do so. What they lack is the courage to do so.