It’s happening, of course.
I turn the floor over to Drum:
The Republican Party is bending its entire will, staking its very soul, fighting to its last breath, in service of a crusade to….
Make sure that the working poor don’t have access to affordable health care.
The government shutdown and debt limit ransoms are very much in the tradition of filibusters to prevent civil rights legislation, although at least the segregationists were rationally trying to advance odious goals rather than making irrational, destructive gestures towards accomplishing odious goals. And these gestures are destructive — they will inflict plenty of economic suffering on a population that’s already seen far too much, thanks.