"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


Bruce Bartlett: This Government Shutdown Will Defeat the GOP in 2014

(via DeLong)

The Midterms: Sam Wang Weighs In by Krugman
"If the election were held today, Democrats would pick up around 30 seats, giving them control of the chamber. I do not expect this to happen. Many things will happen in the coming 12 months, and the current crisis might be a distant memory. But at this point I do expect Democrats to pick up seats next year, an exception to the midterm rule." 
...As he says, November 2014 is a long way away. But it’s at least possible that the Republican brand will get worse, not better, over the course of the year, in which case an upset will indeed be in the cards.  
Republicans could lose their House majority because of the shutdown by Sam Wang

A breach of the debt ceiling and they definitely lose the House.

I believe the Republicans are going to suffer much more than anyone realizes. They're assaulting the constitutional order of the American government. They're causing economic chaos. People are pissed and will be pissed. Polls show 70 percent of respondents disapprove of their handling of the shutdown showdown. Yglesias hedges:

One Piece of Good News About the Debt Ceiling
And so what this means is that if Republicans force us to default on payments that come due on November 1, that doesn't put the U.S. government in the legal position of having defaulted on all its debts. In principle, you could have a minor disaster on the 1st followed by a hasty congressional recognition of the error of its ways and then the problem is addressed on November 2 before the whole world burns.
The thing is this could all end in a second of Boehner would violate the Hastert rule again and allow a vote.

Virginia's Republican candidate for governor looks like he'll lose bigtime on Tues. Nov. 5th.

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