Through all this debt crisis mess, one thing we’ve discovered: Who’s in charge of today’s Republican party – and who’s not.
Who’s not in charge? John Boehner, for one. He may be Speaker. But he’s not in control of his own caucus. He can’t deliver all Republican votes in the House.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s not in charge, either. He may be able to round up Republican votes in the Senate. But he has zero influence and respect among House Republicans, who just consider him a has-been, old, Kentucky, Republican fart.
So who is in charge? Not John McCain. He may have been the last presidential nominee of the party, but nobody takes him seriously anymore. Not Mitt Romney, either. He may be the party’s next presidential nominee, but he’s totally out of the loop.
Who’s in charge? Who’s calling the shots for Republicans? The Tea Party Republican freshmen in the House – who came to Washington, not to reform the government, but to destroy it.
In a sense, this is nothing new. Both parties have long had extremists. Democrats, those who want to nationalize banks. Republicans, those who want to privatize Social Security.
But, for the first time, extremists have taken over a major party. In the Republican Party, the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
That’s my parting shot for today.