Jim Geraghty, who sounds slightly (or maybe more than slightly depressed) about this entire debt ceiling brouhaha:
This is the conservative version of the Marvel Civil War, a comic book storyline in which all of the publisher’s most prominent heroes took sides on the institution of a “Super Hero Registration Act,” in which any person in the United States with superhuman abilities register with the federal government as a “human weapon of mass destruction,” reveal their true identity to the authorities, and undergo proper training. Those who sign also have the option of working for a government agency, earning a salary and benefits such as those earned by other American civil servants.
Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four supported the act; Captain America and Daredevil opposed, and the storyline tossed away the familiar story of heroes fighting villains to the surprising, unpredictable, and incongruous sight of popular, noble heroes fighting other popular, noble heroes, each convinced that their view is the right one and the best way to protect their values.
In other words, this is the July/August 2011 version of that traditional, well-loved-by-the-Left story called The Fundamental Flaw In The GOP That Will Invariably Wreck the Party And Ensure Liberal/Democratic Dominance For The Next Generation. And yes, you may safely assume from the previous sentence that I am not entirely convinced that the battle royale that took place over the previous week is going to be all that much of a long-term problem for the Republican party. Just as long as everybody realizes that such conflicts should serve as a reminder that there are limits to both taking one for the team, AND to the ability of enthusiasm to substitute for having a working voting majority.