The US credit rating just experienced a "Tea Party downgrade."
That's the message Obama administration officials are putting out this week, in a response to the downgrade in the United States' credit rating from AAA to AA+.
It's exactly the right move. For too long the Republican party has managed to run over public debate by staying perfectly on messageÂ—whether or not that message was truthful.
By branding the current economic crisis the Tea Party Downgrade, the Democrats let the public know exactly who's to blame for their economic troubles. Regardless what any of them say, the Tea Party Republicans in Congress exist solely to vote against Democratic initiatives and ideas. They signed their responsibilities away to Grover Norquist, and refused to compromise one iota in the debt ceiling negotiations, demanding all of their requirements be met while behaving like stubborn children anytime the idea of a revenue increase came up.
In fact, they manufactured the debt ceiling crisis out of thin air by suddenly pretending to care about the debt ceiling to begin with. Republicans were happy to raise the debt ceiling dozens of times under earlier Presidents, but now that Obama is in office, they've changed their tune.
When David Axelrod called the credit downgrade a Tea Party downgrade on Face the Nation yesterday, he was absolutely correct. This is a Tea Party downgrade, in more ways than one. The Tea Party's economic know-nothings caused a downgrade in both our credit rating and our reputation overseas. This weekend's editorials have been nothing but excoriations from European and Asian officials over the pathetic behavior by those calling themselves the Tea Party.
"Tea Party Downgrade" indeed. They should be ashamed of themselves.