As per this AMs WaPo, Rep. Bachmann on the debt ceiling:
“There is a pragmatism here,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who founded the Tea Party Caucus four years ago, said last week. “You’ve got to know when to hold them and when to fold them. My assessment is that most of us don’t think it’s the time to fight.”
This is, of course, in re the need to once again increase the debt ceiling so the USG can have the borrowing authority it needs to meet the budgetary obligations which Congress has already signed off on. It would appear that many in the Republican caucus are not that interested in another big showdown over the issue, so perhaps they’ll be able to stick to the “do less harm” mantra I’ve advanced for them.
I guess you could go all Freudian on her comparing the threat of defaulting on US sovereign debt to a poker game as per a Kenny Rodgers song. But I’d prefer not to go there and just look at this as progress here at the intersection of dysfunction junction.