E.J. Dionne Is Experiencing Dementia From Acute Obama Kool-Aid Cirhossis

He better hope this is covered under Obamacare.

Ever since they took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans have made journeys to the fiscal brink as commonplace as summertime visits to the beach or the ballpark. The country has been put through a series of destructive showdowns over budget issues we once resolved through the normal give-and-take of negotiations.

The old formula held that when government was divided between the parties, the contending sides should try to "meet in the middle." But the current Republican leadership doesn't know the meaning of the word "middle," so intimidated has it become by the tea party.

It takes an extraordinary break from reality to continue claiming that the side that has done nothing but capitulate is being intransigent.

At least those of us involved in the Tea Party movement can get a chuckle out of the fact that his poor dear believes that Boehner, et al are under our spell.