An insightful treatment of Congress from David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post:
On Capitol Hill, they are the apocalypse caucus. Twenty lawmakers, from both parties, who calculate that the best way to fix government is to act as if you wouldn’t mind if it burned down.
In April, the House needed to pass two budgets to prevent a government shutdown. They voted no and no. In August, the House needed to pass a debt-ceiling agreement to prevent a national default. No again.
Then, this fall, the House voted three times on bills to keep the government going until Nov. 18. No. No. No.
The group now includes 12 Republicans and eight Democrats…This unofficial caucus believes that power goes to those who seem least afraid of catastrophe.
The punchline: Georgia supplies three horsemen in the apocalypse caucus: Republicans Paul Broun of Athens and Tom Graves of Ranger, and Democrat John Lewis of Atlanta.
One suspects that the motivation for Broun and Graves is somewhat different from