The House Republicans’ strategy with respect to the current fiscal impasse has been wrong-headed from the beginning, in my view. Refusing to pass a continuing resolution unless Obamacare was delayed for a year resulted, predictably, in a partial government shutdown with no end in sight. On the other hand, John Boehner and the House Republicans did not, initially, try to use the debt limit–a much stronger issue–to get concessions from the Democrats. But as the days have gone by and the debt has approached closer to the limit, the two issues have been linked.
Now, however, the House leadership is calling for a six-week increase in the debt limit, with no strings attached–i.e., Republicans get nothing in the form of spending cuts–while the shutdown drags on. This represents, I think, the worst of both worlds.