Remember what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said was his top priority in October 2010?
The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
Now take a look at this chart posted by Jed Lewison at Daily Kos showing how job creation has slowed while Republicans have threatened government shutdowns and national debt defaults–the latter, of course, being something that used to be a routine legislative act and not cause for a worldwide economic panic.
Interesting how all those shutdowns and debt threats have happened while the economy has slowed. A very interesting coincidence, eh?
All the Republicans appear to need is a banner. I'm surprised by their subtlety so far.