The Republican Party, in its ill-fated attempt to make the President look inept at handling the economy, has stirred up a mess from which it now appears unable to extricate itself. It has listened to and heeded the demands from its ignorant wing - the teabaggers - who see any attempt to promote social programs or increase taxes on anyone as a personal affront to them. The teabaggers don't want to see any increase in the debt ceiling at all, almost as vehemently as they don't want to make any personal sacrifices that have even the remotest chance of helping someone else.
But the Republicans are also hearing from their real bosses - the big boys on Wall Street - who tell them they can have their street threatre just as long as they don't screw around with it too long and damage the economy.
Mitch McConnnell and John Boehner have their hands jointly clasped over a hand grenade, and the pin is missing. Both appear destined to literally shit and go blind!
It wasn't supposed to get to that point, of course. The game plan was just to push the black man in the White House around, force him into some short term settlement that would insure that the problem reemerges during his re-election campaign, and convince both wings of their party - the ignorant and the arrogant - that they did their bidding as well as was humanly possible.
There have been some interesting polling trends regarding this contrived economic mess. According to the most recent Quinnipiac Poll, voters will blame Republicans over the President (48 to 34 percent) if the debt ceiling is not raised. An even bigger percentage (67 to 25) stated that an agreement to raise the debt ceiling should include tax hikes on the wealthy and corporations, not just spending cuts. Those polled saw the President's proposals to raise revenues as "closing loopholes" rather than raising taxes - by a margin of 45 to 37 percent. But the respondents also felt (57 to 30 percent) that the President's proposals will have an impact on the middle class - and not just the wealthy.
Quinnipiac summarized America's current feelings toward their politicians thusly: "The American people aren't very happy about their leaders, but President Obama is viewed as the best of the worst, especially when it comes to the economy."
An ABC News/Washington Post Survey showed that 48% trust President Obama on the debt limit while 39% trusts the House Republicans. That same poll states that 57% of Republicans want a compromise - even if they personally disagree with it. A Gallup/USA Today Poll states that 72 % of independents want the same thing.
A CBS Poll found that 49% would blame Republicans if their is no deal, while only 29% would blame the President. That same poll showed that 71 percent disapprove of the way Republicans are handling the issue.
Today CNN is running one of its Quick Votes that invites the public to weigh in. Today's question is: Which party deserves more blame for the US debt ceiling standoff? With over 150,000 votes cast, Republicans are leading the field with 55%, No Difference is in second with 27%, and Democrats are trailing - and proudly - with just 18 percent!
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are still clutching their hand grenade, and when the damn thing goes off, the people will know who to blame!