“What none of these critics have is an alternative strategy for achieving anything nearly as fiscally or politically beneficial as Mr. Boehner’s plan,” wrote Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a Wall Street Journal op/ed on Wednesday, referring to naysayers to House Speaker John Boehner’s two-step debt ceiling proposal.
“The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling….the public will turn en masse against Barack Obama. The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor. This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees.”
To Christine O’Donnell…who, by the way, has a new book coming out this month and will our First Friday Happy Hour VIP guest in September. But I digress.
O’Donnell defeated a card-carrying, bona fide USDA-prime RINO, former Rep. Mike Castle, in the GOP primary in Delaware last year.
Castle, according to the American Conservative Union ratings, was the most liberal Republican in the entire Congress. Dispatching him in the primary so that he wouldn’t have the opportunity to keep throwing Republicans under the bus in the Senate – after all, that’s what we have Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe for! – was a good thing.
On the other hand, Sharron Angle/Tea Party Express/Club for Growth teamed up to defeat winnable CONSERVATIVE candidates in Nevada’s primary. She went on to fulfill her destiny as the only Republican candidate who could have possibly lost to Harry Reid by running one of the worst campaigns in the history of man(-up)kind.
John McCain owes Christine O’Donnell an apology. Angle owes one to Nevadans…and the nation.