Kevin Drum compiled some choice quotes from various Republicans who are continuing to allow their true motives to emerge:
From conservative analyst Erick Erickson, explaining why Republicans should wreck the U.S. economy via default:
Obama has a legacy to worry about. Should the United States lose its bond rating, it will be called the “Obama Depression”. Congress does not get pinned with this stuff.
From Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, explaining why Republicans shouldn’t wreck the U.S. economy via default:
It destroys your brand and would give the president an opportunity to blame Republicans for a bad economy. Look, he owns the economy. He has been in office almost three years now. And we refuse to let him entice us in to co-ownership of a bad economy.
From James Pethokoukis, tweeting excitedly last night about the brighter side of bad economic news:
Ouch!….Obama 2012 nightmare!….Alarms bells must be ringing loudly tonight across Obamaland….Panic at the WH?….GOP nomination very much worth having.
Nihilism, plain and simple. If this was about some sort of distant or ambiguous issue, like foreign aid or redistricting, it might be somewhat passable, but the current economic situation and any further damage done by the Republicans (for the sake of cash and prizes) impacts each of us in a very personal and profound way. They can’t be allowed to get away with this.