Updated: July 27, 2011 4:44AM
Joe Walsh is what’s wrong with Washington.
The Republican freshman congressman from Chicago’s northwest suburbs is the poster child for the uncompromising and vitriolic style of politics that’s about to send our nation over a cliff.
This is a fellow who could not manage his own finances in the past, even failing to pay his income taxes, yet he lectures the nation on any cable TV show that will have him about the unassailable rightness of his extreme stand on the debt ceiling crisis.
This is a fellow who likens President Barack Obama to a “10-year-old over his head.”
This is a fellow who accuses the president of “lying.”
In a democratic republic, where people will disagree and nobody can dictate anything, compromise is the only path forward. Yet this is a fellow would rather lose a mile than give an inch.
If reasonable Americans wonder why House Republicans would rather pass on an opportunity to cut trillions in federal spending than agree to raise taxes by a penny on millionaires, look no further than Walsh.
“I came here figuratively to scream from the mountaintop,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet last week.
There is no “figuratively” about it.