At this point, I think it's pretty clear who's really running the republican party at the national level...

President Obama’s enviable poll numbers have yet to persuade moderate House Republicans to back key parts of the new administration’s economic agenda.

The moderates are more worried about the pressures from their right, where the Republican Study Committee [the caucus of the most rightward members of Congress] is taking names and conservatives are raising the prospect of primary challenges, than about potential fallout from opposing a popular president.
...and at the state level too...

A delicate budget fix crafted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders was on the brink of collapse early Wednesday after Republicans in the Senate ousted their leader. The late-night coup could derail already strained budget talks by requiring them to renegotiate with a new Republican leader.

The current package containing billions in tax hikes, spending cuts and borrowing took leaders more than three months to put together as the state tries to pass a midyear budget fix and avoid fiscal calamity.

Republicans replaced Cogdill with Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murietta, whom they saw as more capable of resisting tax increases.
That's just fantastic. While the rest of us are trying to prevent an economic catastrophe, these guys are playing political games, and the sane ones have to spend more time protecting themselves from the crazy ones than they can trying to fix this damned thing.

At some point, maybe these guys will get their two front teeth, grow up, and start doing something more than try and please Grover Fucking Norquist.

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