Has the G.O.P. Gone Off the Deep End?

… Bill McInturff, a founder of the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, argued in a phone interview that at least for members of the House, the Republican strategy of relentless opposition to Democratic initiatives has paid off: …

Noting that only 16 current Republican members of the House represent districts carried by Obama, McInturff observes that “the rational political incentive for most elected Republicans is to be sure they don’t lose to a primary challenger.”

McInturff put his finger on the problem: House Republicans are invested in their own reelection and not in the long-term viability of their party. [cont.]

Tom Edsall (Columbia U.), New York Times