“Buckets of crazy.”
WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin (at the Right Turn blog) writes about Why no vote tonight (i.e., last night):
A House aide just e-mailed me: “Buckets of crazy.” That’s as good an explanation as any as to why Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) won’t be able to hold a vote tonight on his debt-ceiling bill. The burn-the-building-down set is weakening, but the speaker is still short on votes.
Meanwhile, over at NRO, Douglas Holtz-Eakin describes the situation as Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
And finally, let’s discuss the House Republicans who are standing on the brink of sending to the Senate — who will pass it — and the president — who will sign it — a piece of legislation that is consistent with their principles, if not perfect. Instead of simply voting yes, they have formed a variety of unproductive coalitions: the Coalition of the Willfully Ignorant (who claim you don’t need a debt-ceiling increase or that markets won’t care and there will be no fallout) and the Coalition of It’s Someone Else’s Problem (because I just want to have an issue and campaign). Result: They suffer a political loss and America loses.
Both of these paragraphs get down to the bottom line of the current problem, as I have been arguing for some time: the main problem is the Tea Party faction of the House GOP caucus.