Maybe, just maybe, the S&P downgrade and the subsequent market meltdown will convince the Republican Party that their experiment in holding the economy hostage until their demands were met was a bad idea. Nah. Not gonna happen. The Tea Party true believers now have a weapon they can use to force their will on their own party and on the nation, no matter what the consequences. If Obama and the Democrats don’t develop the will to stand up to them, this is going to repeat itself over and over again. Get used to it, and to the economy continuing to suffer as Washington fails to come up with rational solutions. And, sadly, the repeated show of weakness by Obama will likely be his undoing in 2012.