Apparently, Republicans don't worry that battering their own undermines their ultimate crusade: to impeach Obama's legitimacy. Democrats must be chuckling as the rabid right lifts their 2014 election chances. If House zealots believe what they say -- that suicide missions against Obamacare are good strategy -- they are fools further jeopardizing what remains of their national competitiveness. If they don't, they are cynical knaves turned domestic terrorists who are begging America to fail. Even this much stupidity must further implode.
Economist Mark Zandi projects that any government closure will hurt, but an impasse stretching over months "would likely precipitate another recession.'' Oh, goody. Nothing like worsening hard times to let Democrats pin the tail on that sick elephant. Will the party beyond stupid, translating their insatiable wrongs into divine rights, escape a return to the asylum? Who says politics isn't more amusing, and far more suspenseful, than humdrum sitcoms?