Of course, it’s only natural that Republicans will try to avert blame for our credit downgrade. What’s their alternative? To accept some responsibility? But I hope at least privately that a good many of them are looking in the mirror. For a party that likes to accuse the Democrats of turning our nation into some run-of-the-mill European country, they’ve managed to do the one thing that actually makes us resemble Spain or Italy. As they plot to murder the federal government in Grover Norquist’s bathtub, it’s inevitable that eventually people will lose respect for our country and stop seeing it as a model of stability and a great and safe place to invest.

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