Erick Erickson reports, “In the past 48 hours I have had call after call after call from members of the United States Congress” seeking permission from the conservative blogger to strike a deal on the debt ceiling. But he says no:
You went to Washington to change Washington. You went to Washington because you said it was broken and you worried about the future for your children and grandchildren.
And now, at the moment of crisis you are worried and second guessing yourself and looking for alternatives, ways out, and most of all a clear conscience. Cut, Cap, and Balance is the only plan that can save our credit rating and our financial integrity. I can offer you nothing else, nor should you waver from fighting for it alone. You should, however tired you may be of hearing me say it, hold the line.
But what you think will give you a clear conscience — the alternative you seek — is what has been done before. You punt. You kick the can down the road. You take the chimera and convince yourself it is real and you have done good.
Incidentally, I note that Republicans easily control enough state legislatures to hold a constitutional convention and submit any wingnutty constitutional amendments to the states that they like. There’s actually no need whatsoever to involve Congress in this. So if Erickson is really the puppetmaster behind the whole thing, he can just release his minions to vote for a clean debt ceiling increase and start lobbying state legislatures.