The Republicans’ debt-ceiling crisis tends to be a pretty straightforward hostage standoff. Both sides agree that piercing the debt ceiling would be disastrous, and one side is threatening to do it anyway unless its demands are met.
But there is another contingent – a group I call “default deniers” – that believes pushing the United States into default is just hunky dory. We heard from one of them, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), just last week.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews talked to another yesterday.