Republican Insurgents Forget Their Political ABCs

“I am not a member of any organized political party,” the humorist Will Rogers said. “I am a Democrat.”

Even Will Rogers would be shocked at the disjointed and self-destructive congressional Republican Party of today. By forcing a government shutdown and possibly a credit default in a few weeks, a minority of rank-and-file Republican members have run roughshod over the leadership. They are pushing a futile effort to kill President Barack Obama’s health-care law, enacted in 2010, upheld by the Supreme Court and hotly debated in last year’s presidential campaign.

In so doing, this band of proud right-wingers has violated almost every important political precept, including: [cont.]

Al Hunt, Bloomberg