Monday, October 21, 2013
When it comes to policy, it is still the Republicans—that is, the tea party, the GOP's new beating heart—who are still largely setting the agenda. That's not about to change. They lost on Obamacare, true enough, and except for a hard-core sub-minority of the tea-party faction, it's unlikely Republicans will be stupid enough to try to wage that futile fight again. But even with this political setback, the tea partiers have made the sequester and debt-ceiling fights the new normal in Washington, as we will find out again in just a few months when the next deadline is reached.