Conservatives Viewed Bailout Plan as Last Straw - NYTimes.com:We've seen this game before. It usually involves a financial crisis of one sort or another.
...If Democrats believe the only plan that will save the economy is the Paulson plan, they have the power and the moral responsibility to go ahead and pass it,” said Mr. Hensarling. “They don’t have to have Republican votes to get it done...
In past episodes the grown-ups turn the car aside. The crisis is averted. The GOP then savages the grown-ups.
That would be fine, except for what happens next.
It works. The GOP win, and once they win they create more crises. For the grown-ups to solve. In the long run, being grown-up only makes things worse.
Being grown-up doesn't work when a large chunk of the electorate is clueless.
Better to crash and burn now, because if the GOP isn't reformed we'll only crash harder next time. The GOP needs to spend four years in the desert, purging the torturers and the loons, and rebuilding as a respectable alternative.