Republicans are demanding changes to entitlement programs, a request that’s already been rejected by Democrats. Democrats want boosts in domestic spending without painful cuts, a nonstarter for the GOP. Meanwhile, there’s no House speaker scheduled to serve past October. [...]
Yep, a total nonstarter. And if that's where the "negotiations" begin and there's no course correction on the side of the GOP—which has its proverbial back against the wall—then that's where the negotiations should end.Congressional Republicans are trying to project confidence, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose “no shutdown, no debt default” vows are paramount to his party’s hopes of maintaining Senate control in 2016. But the Senate GOP has a major uphill battle: McConnell lacks a stable negotiating partner in the House and conservative forces in both chambers already are agitated about making sacrifices in any bipartisan compromise. But Democrats have flatly refused to entertain changes to Social Security or Medicare — a key demand for many congressional Republicans. [...]
Republicans are in the throes of an attack of The Crazy right now and they have no business starting off with a demand that's tantamount to blowing up the negotiations before they begin.
Hey GOP, go find a House speaker and get back to us. Until then, go fuck yourselves.