Darn it, why are these Republicans always voting no?

Objectively, however, Bachmann and others are missing the big picture. They may be stirring the hearts of Tea Partyers steeped in stubbornness (is there no end to tea metaphors?), but are they being responsible?

What they’re missing (or ignoring) is the enormous opportunity for conservatives that has taken shape since the beginning of the year. Just a few months ago, Obama was asking for a “clean” debt-limit increase. That is, an unconditional hike without spending cuts or reforms…

Republicans have made enormous advances toward government reforms that were viewed as unachievable a year ago. Voting no may have become the aphrodisiac of small-government conservatives, but it is not necessarily an act of bravery or wisdom.

Sometimes it’s just stubborn.