Charlie Pierce does the honors:
Only the truly child-like can have expected anything else.
In the year of our Lord 2010, the voters of the United States elected the worst Congress in the history of the Republic. There have been Congresses more dilatory. There have been Congresses more irresponsible, though not many of them. There have been lazier Congresses, more vicious Congresses, and Congresses less capable of seeing forests for trees. But there has never been in a single Congress — or, more precisely, in a single House of the Congress — a more lethal combination of political ambition, political stupidity, and political vainglory than exists in this one.
We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.
This is what they came to Washington to do — to break the government of the United States. It doesn’t matter any more whether they’re doing it out of pure crackpot ideology, or at the behest of the various sugar daddies that back their campaigns, or at the instigation of their party’s mouthbreathing base. It may be any one of those reasons. It may be all of them. The government of the United States, in the first three words of its founding charter, belongs to all of us, and these people have broken it deliberately.
He is right and you should read it in full. And weep.
What I am really curious is why this state has been allowed to arise. As I have said repeatedly, the US is essentially a one-party pro-war, pro-business state that has two factions that differ on social issues but are united in subservient to the oligarchy. Since this kind of political and economic instability is not usually good for business, I have been wondering why the oligarchy has not stepped in to settle the dispute behind the scenes.
When there is a serious fight such as this one that is not about social issues, that must signal that the oligarchic consensus has broken down somehow and that we are witnessing the surface effects of a conflict that is being played out behind the scenes. So we need to watch what the business community does and while there does seem to be a slight shift towards Obama it is not as yet strong enough to cause the Republicans in the House to change course.
Thanks to reader Tadas, here is senator Elizabeth Warren also delivering a blistering broadside.