The Long Game
I am now ready, based on my experience, to predict what the Republicans are really up to in Washington. What is going on this week is just a trial run, to refine their strategy for shutting down the government. The real action is going to come in a few weeks, with the debt ceiling fight. The Republicans will know after tonight that they indeed do have a way to stop anything from happening in Congress. They will use this power to refuse to allow a raising of the debt ceiling. At that point the economy of the United States and the entire world will stand at a precipice, ready to plunge into chaos. Obama will be forced to use whatever power he has to avert this catastrophe. No matter what he does as President, it will be alleged by Republicans to be a violation of the Constitution, based on the totally fictitious argument that he has no right to do anything without Congressional approval. This will serve as the basis for them to institute impeachment proceedings against Obama.