I believe this is the GOP strategy otherwise known as having the Democrats come in and save your behind at the last minute once again, and of course McConnell is threatening to take hostages once again on another piece of must-pass legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday indicated that Republicans would pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling before the U.S. defaults on its national debt on March 15.
"I made it very clear after the November election that we're certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt," McConnell said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked if Republicans would lift the debt ceiling.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday called on Congress to raise the debt ceiling "without controversy or brinksmanship" before the March 15 deadline.
McConnell did not promise, however, that Republicans would not use the debt limit increase to achieve additional policy goals.
"We'll figure some way to handle that and hopefully it might carry some other important legislation that we can agree on in connection with it," McConnell said of the debt limit increase.
Someone let me know when they've figured out how to control the Teahadists in their own caucus. As Karoli discussed here not long ago, they're not interested in governing. They're interested in destroying things, consequences be damned. The fact that they're now routinely using the full faith and credit of the United States government and government shutdowns as some kind of a bargaining chip tells you all you need to know about how extreme their party has become.