To understand the madness in Washington, look no further than the new Pew Poll finding that 52% of Tea Party supporters do not support raising the debt limit. Not at all. That poll number explains all the madness in Washington DC where the Tea Party has ruled for the last 16 days.
Never mind that 99% of economists, Tea Party funders like the US Chamber of Commerce, and major business leaders with profit and loss responsibility all say the consequence of default is an economic disaster more serious than the 2008 meltdown.
Tea party congressmen are impervious to economic knowledge or facts about the debt limit and default, as they are to the findings of 99% of climate scientists or 99% of scientists who support evolution. The combination of Tea Party ideology and its political power within the Republican Party is disastrous not only for the Big Money creators and enablers of the Tea Party but also tragically for the nation itself.
The only small hope that I can sift from the wreckage created by the Congressional horror house is a possible dawning among the nation's business elite and right wing billionaires, the funders of GOP extremism, that things are now out of their control. Perhaps, the US Chamber of Commerce that ranks among the top enablers of Tea Party madness and other sobering parts of what is left of the GOP establishment just might stir themselves to disable the monster they have created. Yet, even if they move now to undo their historic mistake, it may be too late to avert disaster.