Will Republicans Raise the Debt Ceiling without a Fight?

Watching Republicans raise the debt ceiling feels like watching them wave a white flag.

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Is the Republican Establishment’s actual strategy to act like such weak fools that the base will all surrender to the Liberal regime because of the humiliation?

The latest in the incidents of Republicans doing nothing to resist the President or further an actual Tea Party agenda is getting ready to approve another raising of the debt ceiling. Matt Welch at Reason.com writes, “Republicans Poised to Rubber-Stamp another Debt Ceiling Increase.”

On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reiterated something that Republican leadership has been emphasizing since re-taking control of both houses of Congress:

“I made it very clear after the November election that we’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt. We’ll figure some way to handle that. And hopefully, it might carry some other important legislation that we can agree on in connection with it,” McConnell said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Yes, this is what you get with GOP control of the purse-strings: hopefully and might.

What happened to the Republican strategy of using the always-unpopular spectre of raising the debt ceiling as leverage to enact reforms to tamp down aspects of federal spending?

Then we have the claim that the shutdown hurt the Republicans in 2013.

How hurt did they seem during the 2014 election?

[See also, “John Boehner Supported by Democrats against Republicans.”]

And why aren’t the Republicans front and center on the issue of Obamacare, which is what the GOP was trying to avert when Obama decided he would rather shut down the government?

Is Obamacare popular now? Not at all! So why not an ad campaign reminding voters of how hard we fought to stop it?

Basically, Republican politicians are cooperating with Obamacrats in framing themselves as the wrongdoers when Obama shut down the government. Every time they say that “we’re certainly not going to shut down the government,” they are lying to the American people and campaigning for Barack Obama.

I don’t think opposing the debt ceiling is that great a principal, because it is all based on a spending budget that Republicans approved (for which they should be ashamed).

Nevertheless, it is a great political tool that allows Congress to force the President’s hand without having to worry about the power of his veto.

But instead we get three myths: The myth that the government ever shutdown, the myth that this was a bad thing, and the myth that it was done by the Republicans and not by Obama.

The depth of the mendacity pouring out over this issue has reached flood levels.