Greg Sargent: Republicans and their voters are stuck in 2011:
If there is one factor causing the current crisis, it may be this: Many House Republicans won’t let go of the idea that they still retain the leverage over Obama they enjoyed in 2011. That leverage was artificial and fleeting--the product of singular circumstances that have largely been reversed. But accepting this very idea represents abject surrender on their part…. The Post’s Paul Kane has a great piece this morning detailing why House Speaker John Boehner is opting for this course…. All indications are that Obama now believes he made a major mistake in 2011 and is determined not to repeat it. Indeed, now the incentives run strongly against legitimizing use of the debt ceiling as a tactic to extract concessions. What’s particularly worrisome is that many House Republicans don’t seem to understand or accept any of this.