Pat Buchanan's recent column takes on an optimistic tone compared to his usual thoughts, suggesting that conservatives have firm control of Republicans in the U.S. House. It is worth reading. (Picture at left is from Buchanan's 1996 campaign for president.)
By refusing to accept tax increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans are behaving like "fanatics," writes David Brooks of The New York Times.
Anti-tax Republicans "have no sense of moral decency," he adds.