But wait! The Senate GOP, along with Reid the Spinless, have come up with a solution to the problem the Republicans manufactured out of nothing.
That's right, in a desperate attempt to avoid responsibility for the problem they've created, the Senate is thinking of creating an entire new legislative body who's sole purpose is to act like fucking adults and actually pass things that need to be passed.
This "Super Congress," composed of members of both chambers and both parties, isn't mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, but would be granted extraordinary new powers. Under a plan put forth by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), legislation to lift the debt ceiling would be accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers -- six from each chamber and six from each party.
Legislation approved by the Super Congress -- which some on Capitol Hill are calling the "super committee" -- would then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it couldn't be amended by simple, regular lawmakers, who'd have the ability only to cast an up or down vote. With the weight of both leaderships behind it, a product originated by the Super Congress would have a strong chance of moving through the little Congress and quickly becoming law. A Super Congress would be less accountable than the system that exists today, and would find it easier to strip the public of popular benefits. Negotiators are currently considering cutting the mortgage deduction and tax credits for retirement savings, for instance, extremely popular policies that would be difficult to slice up using the traditional legislative process.
Of course, as they themselves say, the whole purpose of this is so that the GOP can avoid having to do what they know and have said needs to be done: raise the debt ceiling. They are so desperate to avoid the consequences of doing it because of the political movement they have created that they are ceding their authority.
They want to continue to grand-stand and squabble like children over issues they know and have admitted are wrong for political gain and have someone else make the hard decisions that, you know, is the fucking job these people are paid for and that they have publicly admitted need to be done.
Also, I love the way they split it as an explicit fuck you to both 3rd parties and voters (voters will always vote 50/50, am I right?). Go Democracy!
So we have massive institutional failure leading to the attempt to create a new institution that might actually work ... and that attempt is itself yet more failure.