These wingnuts could use some adults

But there is no Bob Dole in the Republican leadership today; there isn’t even a Newt Gingrich. There is nobody with the clout to tell Tea Party-inspired backbenchers when it’s time to put down the grenades and negotiate. Rather, there are weak leaders who, frightened by the Tea Party radicals, have become unquestioning followers of a radical approach…

Compromise was not always a dirty word for conservatives. Ronald Reagan – so idolized by Pence that he has perfected a Reaganesque head-tilt while speaking – compromised with the Democrats on Social Security and taxes. American Democracy couldn’t function without compromise…

The difference now is that, particularly on the Republican side, there are no authority figures to say “no” to the angry, the rude and the violent. With a House leader determined not to compromise, and a Senate leader whose top national priority is the defeat of the president, things won’t get any better after Tuesday.