The Senate’s Democratic caucus is circulating video of Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) tearing into lawmakers who insist on passing a Balanced Budget Amendment before they’ll vote to save the government from default. The Senate can’t pass that measure, he says, so holding out isn’t an honest position:
That is not fair to the American people, to hold out and say we won’t agree to raising the debt limit until we pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. It’s unfair. It’s bizarro. And maybe some people who’ve only been in this body for six or seven months or so really believe that.
Personally, I think he’s talking to Tea Party freshmen in the House as much as anyone, but as Greg Sargent writes, we’re starting to see real frustration among the Republican lions and their Wall Street supporters.