I had just noted for myself what a lot of commentators are pointing out – that today’s House vote on the debt ceiling is being done under suspension rules, which require a 2/3 majority and thus invalidate it as a test – when I came across Jed Lewison unpacking even more reasons why it’s bogus. I’m not sure I agree with Jed’s recommended course of action in his headline, but it’s definitely worth noting his point that, for no legislatively necessary reason, the bill includes blame for the debt. SPOILER ALERT: Bush’s name does not come up.
The truly baffling, Rod Serling-esque aspect of the debt-ceiling fight, of course, is that Democrats are acting like they’re the ones on the ropes. They’re going to make major concessions – kidney-punching the economy and struggling Americans – in order to avoid making Republicans reveal that they answer to Wall Street, not to the Tea Party. That’s today’s Democrats–snatching economic calamity from the jaws of political success.