NB: No, this is not an endorsement of the republicans.
Update: Except that is not quite everything! I failed to remember the lesson Arthur has taught me before:
At this point, if you are at all honest, you must give up the pathetic grasping for explanations, excuses and justifications: that the Democrats act as they do because they are weak, or cowardly, or being blackmailed. (Honestly, will you grow the fuck up?)
This is what they want. When an individual or a government repeats the same actions over and over and over again, even when those actions appear to lead to disaster, you must conclude that they pursue those actions because they want to.
Repeat after me: this is what they want!