Politics is complicated and people have short memories: two facts fundamental to the strategy employed by Republicans in the looming crisis regarding the US debt ceiling.

Unless you’re a masochist and derive pleasure from the thousand whip cracks of bureaucracy, the matter of the debt ceiling will rapidly wear you down with the parliamentary procedures of Congress. Yet the headline here is that Mitch McConnell and Republicans are playing a cruel game. Would they want to create a mess that Joe Biden will be unable to clear up? Well, of course, they would! They want to brand with