Among the things we learned during this week's debt ceiling debacle is that Republicans in general and their Tea Party hardliners in particular don't like to be called "hostage-takers" and "terrorists." While Sarah Palin called Vice President Biden's alleged use of the T-word "appalling," Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) suggested it was the Obama administration "who's terrorizing the country." These thin-skinned conservatives might want to save their venom for their fellow Republicans. After all, it wasn't just George W. Bush's Treasury Secretary who compared the Republican default deniers to "Al Qaeda terrorists." As it turns out, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell not only admitted his GOP took the U.S. economy hostage to create the debt ceiling crisis, but pledged to do so again.
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