The extreme nature of the House tea-party Republican’s bargaining position — e.g., insisting on a Constitutional amendment for locking in a balanced budget as a remarkably low percentage of GDP — makes a lot of sense as strategy for use by a faction of true believers who do not expect to be in power very long. Here’s a thoughtful reader email to Talking Points Memorandum that can be found on their site this morning:
“These groups [House tea-party Republicans] have repeatedly rejected deals that appear (to people like me) to have given them everything they have wanted, and more. The sticking point? At least without a balanced budget amendment, future Congresses might undo deals made in the present. But that is the essense of republican government — trusting future generations to govern themselves as we today govern ourselves. Seeking restrictions on future generations, at least on issues of spending and generating revenue, is to reject a central premise of republicanism — that experiment at each moment of a people governing itself as best it can.”
So true. Add to this (i) the hostility of many Republicans to immigration from south of the border, (ii) that Republican-controlled state legislatures have been making it more difficult (and more intimidating) for Hispanics, and blacks, and, in some cases, young adults to vote — and it seems to suggest they are trying to rig the game now, before demographic trends put them out to pasture for good, as they surely will.