They can barely contain themselves. In fact, they’re flush about it. This was in The New York Times yesterday:
The mood in the Capitol on Saturday, at least among Republicans, was downright giddy. When Republican leaders presented their plan in a closed-door meeting on Saturday, cheers and chants of “Vote, vote, vote!” went up. As members left the meeting, many wore beaming grins.
Representative John Culberson of Texas said that as he and his colleagues were clamoring for a vote, he shouted out his own encouragement. “I said, like 9/11, ‘Let’s roll!’”
This is the “Samson option.” Republicans want to buckle the pillars of the temple and bring the roof crashing down on both the American economy and the international economy, first with a shutdown, then, a few weeks later, with a refusal to raise the debt ceiling. It’s a love of death; of apocalypse. It reminds me of the conservatives in Spain in the 1930s whose nihilistic slogan was, “Long live death!”
But what the Republicans are actually bringing upon themselves, apart from the wreckage they generate for others, is the electoral decline of their own party. And it’s ultimately going to fracture it, perhaps generating a third-party. The majority of 21st century Americans simply do not want their country run by religious, racist, and ideological fanatics and warmongers, and ten years from now the Republican shenanigans of October 2013 will be looked at, in retrospect, as a political fiasco; as the beginning of the end of the Republican Party’s white and evangelical dominated “Southern strategy.”
That’s my view and prediction. What’s yours?