Consider what smart conservatives, like Yuval Levin, are saying about the contending Boehner and Reid plans for raising the debt-ceiling:
"As the details of the Boehner bill become clearer, it’s increasingly apparent that the bill is just what the moment calls for: significant cuts achieved through statutory sequestration caps, no tax increase, no backsliding on entitlement reform or implicit acceptance of Obamacare, a path to another process that could lead to more cuts without tax increases, and the setting of a precedent that from now on increases in the debt ceiling must be accompanied by proportional spending cuts. . . . Even the Reid bill, though its cuts are less real, would be a better conclusion than has seemed plausible throughout much of this process . . .”In a generous spirit, let's concede: first, that there’s room for a reasonable divergence of conservative opinion as to what counts as an acceptable compromise between the Boehner and Reid plans; and second, that it’s not unreasonable for liberals to think that, but for Republican craziness, we would never have gotten to the point where a credit downgrade on U.S. Treasuries, much less a public default, were more than theoretical possibilities. As to these matters, what you reasonably see is probably inevitably a function of where you stand ideologically.
But what if, after all that has happened, the House can't pass the Boehner plan with only Republican votes? For my money, that ought to count as certifiable craziness from any standpoint.