Shorter Megan McArdle: “The Republicans can hardly be blamed for engaging in hostage-taking over the debt ceiling. After all, in 1987 a bipartisan majority rejected a Supreme Court nominee with views so unpopular no subsequent Republican nominee has been willing to defend them in a clean, timely up-or-down vote. Damn the Democrats for starting the tit-for-tat game!”
Is there anything that can’t be blamed on the failure of the Bork nomination? I expect to see it used as an explanation for Bush’s decision to go to Iraq soon.
…Cole has more. I actually trace the roots of Washington incivility to the Chase impeachment.