Right-wing pundits freaked out by right-wing House
I wasn't surprised early this month when the NYT's David Brooks expressed horror and amazement at the direction Republicans were heading. ("...the Republican party may no longer be a normal party.") He's often thoughtful and reasonable, although like many influential pundits he was terribly wrong on invading Iraq. This week's events seem to have summoned more conservatives to Brooks' side on the subject of the debt ceiling. Here's Jennifer Rubin, a conservative blogger for the Washington Post, last night:
A House aide just e-mailed me: “Buckets of crazy.” That’s as good an explanation as any as to why Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) won’t be able to hold a vote tonight on his debt-ceiling bill. The burn-the-building-down set is weakening, but the speaker is still short on votes.
Outside of Congress, some of the most aggressive conservatives were urging Congress to make a deal. Even extreme rightwing bloggers will have a hard time casting conservative lightning rod Ann Coulter as a “squish.”(She told Fox News host Sean Hannity that it was time to get this done.)