My common sense instincts told me that they had been planning to do this for some time. Why? It would kick off cranking their base up from the mid-term elections next year where they would of course love to take over the Senate to control both houses of Congress. They would then spend the next two years blocking getting the country’s work done and of course blame it all on Obama.
Could the Repubs not see they were just going to drive their own poll numbers further down? Apparently they did not. Do they no longer care about attracting independent votes, where one of their biggest turn offs is crass attempts to manipulate the voters and treat them as morons? Apparently they did not.
The political class knows that despite the low approval rating collectively, 90% of incumbents are returned to office year after year, unless they have been caught with a goat in a public restroom somewhere. For example, despite the incredible civil rights progress since Martin Luther King’s era, and the much of the world’s black population standing in line to get into America, the Voting Rights Act was renewed which rigs a large number of southern Congressional districts ‘for blacks only.’ I live in one of those.