Guys, I'm both still very sick and completely tapped out at work. I'm not going to be posting much until one or both are over.
It's that there's never going to be two-party rule in the U.S. again until post-collapse. Furthermore, the socialists are now trying to engineer the removal of the opposition's remaining capability (debt limit and filibuster). I don't really consider one-party rule a "good thing", though I know you do (or used to). There's names for people who think one-party rule is brilliant; you should look them up.
However, this polling indicates the obvious - American socialist Democrats are absolute hypocrites, but they're fine with that. After all, as seen on this forum, the Taxed Enough Already Party (TEA, for the spelling impaired) isn't actually about the fact that the Gov't borrows $0.43 of every $1.00 spent (up from $0.30 only a couple of years ago), but is actually some sort of cult-driven sexual-repression fantasy about Sarah Palin dressed in a nun's habit and shooting Hispanic children for their skins.
drawn from the President's Simpson-Bowles commission. You need to figure out who's actually playing games here.
(I know you don't think conservative sites are reputable, so here's CNN)
Bottom line - the President and the Democrats figure they have the GOP under their boot. They're going to happily stomp until they wear out the hobnails. They honestly don't give a rat-feck about the nation, as they have established; they've been recognizable for several years as Ayn Rand's "looters".
There's two GOP paths I've heard discussed that make sense to me; "Let it Burn" and "Present". "Let it Burn" is our destination anyway, but I don't know that the GOP should, in good conscience, let the socialists go all-out in their efforts - which as I mentioned include an Imperial Presidency, unlimited debt ceiling, stimuli forever, and the Legislative Branch becoming rubber-stamps. Instead, voting "Present" and forcing the socialists to actually do their feckin' job and defend their insanity, which they are not having to do thanks to the media, would prevent the "Bush's Fault" refrain when the shyte inevitably hits the fan.