And not just because they wish the Reagan administration ended in 1981. From Politico:
That will be a tough sell, says Chris Chocola, president of the conservative Club for Growth. “What’s more irresponsible: continuing on this path to fiscal ruin, or changing the path?” he said. “There is a high level of frustration, and a willingness to do something dramatic. They think this is the only way to get Obama’s attention.” [emphasis mine]
Lest you think Count Chocola is exaggerating, Politico also quotes a member of the House leadership:
“I think it is possible that we would shut down the government to make sure President Obama understands that we’re serious,” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state told us. “We always talk about whether or not we’re going to kick the can down the road. I think the mood is that we’ve come to the end of the road.” [emphasis again mine]
So we have moved from the realm of hostage taker with coherent goals to deranged shooter hoping to catch the President’s attention with “something dramatic.” I imagine the gesture will be about as inviting to President Obama as Hinckley’s was to the now openly sapphic Jodie Foster.
H/T Jon Chait.