The Terrible Tea Party Strategy
I have to wonder if Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are kicking themselves this week. All the pain and suffering they caused was completely pointless. Mike Lee in particular did seriously damage to his own constituency. The Utah economy is very dependent on both the national park system and federal employment. Funny he didn’t seem to realize that. He still says he did it to call attention to problems with Obamacare and that he isn’t sorry. What he and Ted Cruz did instead was infuriate everyone with their threats of default and other shenanigans. They also managed to distract everyone from any problems with the Affordable Healthcare Act roll out.
Now, because of website glitches, chaos reigns. I knew single payer would have been much better, but no, Congress went for the Romney plan instead. I suspect it will all work out eventually, but if the tea party had simply kept the government open, raised the debt ceiling, and waited a week or two, they might have come across as wise in their misgivings. No chance of them ever looking wise now.