Even the extremely weak tea offered by Republicans to His Majesty in the latest go round of negotiations - near-complete capitulation today, in return for an opportunity to capitulate again before the end of the year - was found to be excessively bitter to the royal taste buds. Republicans in the Senate are now trying their hand, and have received an initial rebuff.
And of course, John McCain continues to shine, like a turd under a full moon, demanding that the conservatives behind the defund movement be "held accountable" (if nothing else, McCain has assured himself a prominent position in the gallery of Republican heretics, right next to the execrable Lowell Weicker).
It is clear that Obama is not just seeking surrender, nor even simply unconditional surrender, but abject, groveling surrender - and the problem is that there are too many Vichy Republicans willing to accommodate his wishes, many of them now running scared from a recent NBC poll that, as has been ably demonstrated, is a tad on the skewed side.
I've really quite had it with the so-called "grownups" in the Republican Party. They utterly fail to see that you can't win a strategic war of grand ideological sweep using mere work-a-day tactics. How tragic that, save for a stalwart few, the GOP has become so impoverished in imagination, tongue-tied in argument, and blind to the traditions of personal freedom that still passionately engage so many of their constituents. Is the Republican Party, as represented by its establishment wing, really nothing more than a rival gang fighting with the Democrats over the division of taxpayer booty? Good luck to the young Turks, then, and may they rapidly supplant the Old Farts League.