I don’t have time at the moment to do justice to this story, but the essence is this: Sen. John Thune (R-SD) has raised the threat that Senate Republicans might back House Republicans’ plan to scuttle the bargain they made a few months ago with Democrats and Obama regarding the budget, insisting on deeper cuts… in essence, reneging on the deal they made. “Oops, we didn’t really mean it,” say the GOPers.
For the moment, I’ll simply refer you to TPM’s Brian Beutler and Sahil Kapur. I’ll have more to say later.
LATER THOUGHTS: This comes down to our form of government, whether it is a representative (republican) democracy or something else. Consider two scenarios:
Scenario I: A hotly contested issue such as a budget is fought over in Congress by two parties (call them D and R) for a month. Questionable tactics of either party aside, eventually an agreement is reached under which each party gets some of what it wants and gives up some of what it wants. The deal is inked; some months later, the budget is submitted to the president for signature.
Scenario II: Same as Scenario I, except that for every item that party R wanted that they did not get in the agreement, they demand a do-over, and so on ad infinitum or until they get everything they want.
I maintain that Scenario I is a kind of representative democracy, and Scenario II is a kind of dictatorship by party R. I am unwilling to live under such a dictatorship, or indeed any sort of dictatorship, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to prevent any sort of dictatorship.
Where does that leave us?