The Republican party has a problem (well, many, but we’re focusing on one today). The U.S. government is set to hit its borrowing limit in about two weeks, and hardline conservatives in Congress have yet again decided that they would like to threaten a catastrophic national default by refusing to raise the debt ceiling unless President Obama agrees to major policy concessions. The first time the GOP tried this kamikaze tactic in 2011, it worked fairly well, as the White House eventually agreed to major spending cuts to avoid a crisis. But when the party tried to repeat the trick in 2013, the effort ended in acrimonious failure as Obama chose not to negotiate and the public placed somewhat more blame on Republicans than Democrats for the standoff.

Source: Republicans Are Trying to Make a Debt Ceiling Crisis Look Harmless

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