What we now know about the Republicans in the USA is that rather than vote to save the US economy and avoid massive tax rises on the middle classes they'll vote down all compromise to prevent a tax rise on the rich alone.
Not so far from George Osborne then, after all.
What's astonishing is their ability to win support in a democracy. That can only be explained by the corporate capture of the democratic process.
And perhaps that's almost the most worrying part of this.