“Ignore the extremists and meet in the middle of the road.”
—Harry Reid’s advice to John Boehner, July 27, 2011, 10:51am
Harry Reid’s statement is an American statement, a recognition that this large country should not be governed by factions, by extremists. We work as a country because we have to work together as a country.
And regarding the debt-ceiling crisis, Democrats have already moved over to the Republicans’ lane on this road, and if Republicans say no to Reid’s offer of a generous compromise—no new tax revenues are included—there are only two alternatives for Democrats:
1) Let the Republicans quickly drive the country into the Tea Party ditch, or,
2) Get in the car with them and slowly drive it into the Tea Party ditch.