Just as an example of leadership from Mitt: doesn't his refusal to take a position before the deal and subsequent endorsement of the most extreme Republican position afterward tell you a lot about what he'd be like as a president?
As for the facilitator of war crimes at the WaPo, this sentence could do with a little reworking, along the lines a reader suggests:
"That the Tea Party accomplished all this in just six months by holding a gun to the head of the global economy — at a time when the GOP controls one-half of one-third of the federal government — is remarkable."
Not that remarkable when you concede the premise. What this conflict proves is that the GOP cares far more about reducing government than reducing the debt.