Let's say North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un demonstrated the ability to launch a devastating cyberattack that could bring global financial markets to their knees, while forever destroying the US government's credit rating. And now let's say for some deranged reason, he threatened to launch this attack unless President Obama agreed to defund Obamacare.
How do you think President Obama would respond?
And no, that's not such a ridiculous analogy. House Speaker John Boehner and the Tea Party wing he's shilling for are threatening to rain economic ruin on our nation unless President Obama accedes to their demands. Demands that actually have nothing to do with budget negotiations.
It can't be repeated often enough that when it comes to the actual budget in the actual budget bill that Speaker Boehner refuses to even bring to the floor for an up-or-down vote, the Republicans have already won. Remember, "sequestration" was supposed to be the fiscal cliff that would force the two parties to come to terms on a bipartisan budget deal. It didn't. And the "clean" continuing resolution House Republicans now refuse to pass actually funds the federal government below sequestration levels. This is an austerity budget. You know, a Tea Party dream come true.
And now that they got everything they want, they're demanding that President Obama kill Obamacare, or else!
So how do you think President Obama will respond?