I’ll admit that I’ve become rather numb when it comes to House Republicans saying crazy things, but this comment from Louisiana Congressman John Fleming, as reported in the New York Times, is jaw-dropping:
“Obamacare is the most dangerous piece of legislation ever passed in Congress,” said Representative John Fleming, Republican of Louisiana. “It is the most existential threat to our economy” that the country has seen “since the Great Depression, so I think a little bit of additional deficit is nothing,” he added.
I’m honestly not sure how Congress is going to come to avoid a shutdown — much less raise the debt ceiling — when this kind of thinking holds sway over a significant minority of the House GOP. One possibility is for John Boehner to work with a de facto new majority of House Democrats and relatively moderate Republicans, but that would almost certainly result in his being ousted as Speaker. The recent news that Boehner’s thinking of retiring soon may render that threat toothless. I certainly hope so. Otherwise Boehner will have to choose between the greater good and his own career, and as a rule of thumb, human beings tend, when pushed, to opt for the latter.