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reply to post by beegoodbees
And the very prospect of defaulting would cause the financial markets to panic. The Tea Partiers were irresponsible, financially ignorant, nutcases when they shut down the government.
Seems kind of refreshing to me. They actually stood by their principles.
Also, all the Tea Party members have done is tap into a certain topic of unrest in select conservative districts and states (with regards to thee senate) and preach what they want to hear. Then as long as they make a fuss on that one topic it becomes a safe district for them because they sanctify themselves as being better than the average politician while what they are actually doing is neglecting their job. Not saying there are not ways to back principle with symbolic votes; however, what they are doing is not that. It's part of a game and anyone buying that it's a matter of principle is getting played.