After the massive Tea Party revolution that swept America for nearly four solid years and after conservative Republicans have "taken out" moderate after liberal of our GOP brethren in primaries, the very notion that Senate President Mitch McConnell would dream of striking a deal with the dastardly Harry Reid, and President Obama, to raise taxes without a smidgen of spending cuts being part of the deal is ... breathtakingly foolish, completely unnecessary, and tremendously unwise.
Of course, since the founding of the Tea Party movement, the debate has been whether the GOP can be fixed from the inside, or whether an entirely new political party -- and a movement driven entirely from the outside -- is needed to fix what ails America. Through the 2012 election, the choice has been to cleanse and strengthen the GOP from the inside.
The jury is now out as to whether that was a wise decision, for at present is surely appears not.
Speaker Boehner's actions over the coming hours and days will help provide the answer, but it appears the differences between Tea Party activists and the GOP elected leaders in D.C. is a gulf too wide to bridge.
The betrayal of the core GOP values by the events of the past 48 hours in the U.S. Senate is a sad and almost unbelievable turn of events given the hope conservatives provided to a resurgent GOP over the past ~40 months.
Sad. Incredible. Unfortunate.