But don't count on it. We haven't heard the last of that awful contingent in Congress that is profoundly mentally ill.
Think about it. The strange Tea Party wing that shut down the government and almost caused a global recession live in their own alternative reality where facts are besides the point.
They just make up their own facts. It's more fun that way.
They are so narcissitic that they expect the rest of the country to bend to their will, no matter how crazy their ideas and how many people oppose them. And they delight in dragging the rest of us into their sad, twisted psycho drama.
Sounds like a severe mental illness to me.
Let's pick these symptoms apart.
Most people base their decisions on the facts in front of them. Since everybody's different, people will respond to the facts in various ways. That's why some politicians take a liberal course and others react in a conservative fashion when dealing with the facts, with reality.
That's fine. Eventually, the liberals and conservatives, using the facts as a guide, will argue a bit then work out some sort of compromise. In the real world, maybe sane conservatives and liberals each have ideas that might improve Obamacare, improve the economy, improve our lives. Each side is worth listening to.
However, the mentally ill Congress creatures, mostly Tea Party, that precipitated this mess didn't like the facts, so they just created their own reality, by retreating to their own bubble, brought to them by Fox News and lobbying groups like the ironically named Americans For Prosperity.
So now, instead of dealing with facts, they think the economy won't suffer because they decide not to pay the nation's bills, that shutting down the government will somehow lead to cost savings when in the real world it's worsening the deficit and made our economy take a $24 billion hit, that everybody supports them when in reality all the polls show most Americans really, really, really hate them.
Plus, they've gerrymandered their Congressional districts so much that they preside over what I might call weird shaped Tea Party ghettos.
The alternate reality these Congress creatures live in is fed by a weird media and lobbying apparatus that tells them our socialist terrorist Muslim Kenyan not legitimate president put down his Quran, stop taking our guns away, and stop sending cash to terrorists, everything will be OK.
"In many parts of America, waving a Confederate flag outside the home of a black family would be considered a very hostile act."
Bottom line: That Congress creatures that created this mess are clinging to a fantasy world is one sign that something is weird mentally. And they insist, are convinced they are right, that they are our saviors, that everyone else is wrong, and we should do whatever they say, no matter what people in the real world think
Which brings us to the next aspect of this mental illness:
Narcissism and No Responsibility:
The whole episode brought us a lot of weird moments that demonstrated this aspect of mental illness.
That's why we had one Congress Creature, Randy Neugebauer, yelling at a park ranger for closing a national monument that HE helped close and the ranger had nothing to do with. We had another one, Lee Terry of Nebraska saying he wouldn't give up his salary during the shutdown, so that he could afford his "nice house." (Both later apologized after the expected horrible press)
And we had another one saying the Democrats had to give the Republicans lots of concessions, because, well, they have to.
"We're not going to be disrespected... We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is," said Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. early in the shutdown.
Yeah, he didn't know what, but they have to get something to be respected. Um, don't you have to earn respect?
Of course, the whole point of trotting out these crazies is to make barely less crazy right wing ideas seem a bit less off the wall, thereby making them acceptable to us.