At last some sort of sanity has returned to our Government and we can take a deep breath of relief that our nation did not go into default. The specter of our government in totally chaos for sixteen days was deeply disturbing. As Americans, we can only hope such politics will not repeat itself come the January and February deadlines.
Who won and who lost in this latest shameful moment in our nation's history.
The President hung tough, refused to cave to extortion from the House and didn't budge on Obamacare. His language was measured and he didn't incite a hateful response. This was one of the President's finest hours.
Our democracy is safe from the crazies. The attempted extortion, blackmail and coup by a small group of malcontents who failed to win by the process was defeated. If they had succeeded in their attempt, our system of government would be held hostage by small extremists groups.
Senators Harry Reid and Senator Mitch McConnell:
Both deserve real praise for their conduct and efforts in the face of the extreme right wing barrage. Reid held steady and refused to bend to the extortion. McConnell, who is being challenged from the right in his primary, finally put Senator Cruz in his place and worked with Reid for a solution.
Senator Ted Cruz:
Believe it or not, this dangerous man was a winner in this horrible mess he created. He might have wrapped up the Republican nomination for himself, got millions of new names on his mailing list and collected hundreds of thousands of new donations. This man was not defeated within his narrow world and will still be around to haunt us.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Her calm and careful leadership in this crisis was amazing especially given the fact that the House was being run by Senator Cruz and a tiny minority of the inmates! She kept her cool, held the Democrats in line and worked closely with Reid and the President. She showed real leadership.
Women Elected Officials:
It was the women who put pressure on the men to come to terms. People like Republican Senator Susan Collins, Senator Feinstein, Minority Leader Pelosi and other women members showed real leadership in the crisis.
The effect of this crisis was to leave Obamacare (Affordable Healthcare Act) even more popular among the public and it is now safe from the hands of the extremists.
What Americans witnessed was a Party willing to allow a small minority of its members wreck havoc in the nation. They have sunk to the lowest ratings in their history. Even now, they have not dealt with the issue of the extremists within their ranks.
Speaker John Boehner:
Through this crisis the Speaker went from a nice well meaning leader to now go down into history as one of the worst Speakers of the House. Allowing Cruz to call the shots in his House was unbelievable. His failure to be able to muster one successful initiative in his own caucus was shocking. The extremists will keep him as Speaker. Why shouldn't they? They get everything they want with him.
While they have still power to create chaos especially in the Republican Party they have fallen to their lowest approval rating since their emergence into American politics.
Senator Ted Cruz:
The Senator is both a winner and loser. While becoming the champion of the extreme right, he has earned the disgust and disapproval of many in his own political party and certainly a majority of the nation.
By their failure to take on the Tea Party extremists head on they allowed themselves to be tarnished by the crazies. Americans have a hard time distinguishing now between the extreme right an traditional Republican Conservatives. Only Senator McCain had the courage to day in and day out to call the Tea Party 'destructive nuts'.
The United States Image:
The extremists have hurt our image not only here at home but around the world. They have painted our government as in chaos and an inability to make tough decisions. Other nations will take full advantage of this moment for their own power.