|Michael Stravato for The New York Times|
Last week the country witnessed the fallout from that strategy: a standoff that has shuttered much of the federal bureaucracy and unsettled the nation.The defund plot included this handy tool kit.
To many Americans, the shutdown came out of nowhere. But interviews with a wide array of conservatives show that the confrontation that precipitated the crisis was the outgrowth of a long-running effort to undo the law, the Affordable Care Act, since its passage in 2010 — waged by a galaxy of conservative groups with more money, organized tactics and interconnections than is commonly known.
In 1996, when Pres Clinton was re-elected, the GOP plot to overthrow the election was impeachment. In 2013, you hear occasional talk of impeachment from rank and file House members and some party leaders, but this time they've decided to overthrow the election by holding the economy hostage and destroying the Nation's credit. This, of course, is tyranny coming, ironically, from those who claim to most support democracy.
When this fails, we'll be back to impeachment, I promise.