Even though Republicans have shut down the government and are now threatening to push the nation into default, Billy House of the National Journal is writing that, according to Congressional representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ), Austin Scott (R-GA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) are complaining that it is actually President Obama who is "playing too rough" with them.
"I was tea party before there was a tea party," said Franks. Obama, he claimed, "has tried to make some malevolent ghost, or evil spirit, out of the tea party."
According to Scott, "The difference is, I don't think his predecessors have antagonized the other side."
"Bill Clinton did not intentionally antagonize Republicans," said Scott. "And I think that most of those [earlier] presidents would have welcomed the opportunity to negotiate. And if they're right on their points, then certainly they’d want to negotiate."
Wilson also agreed Wednesday with Scott's view that the president has been too antagonistic. "Whether it's personal or not, it's not good for the country."
And now comes the part where we have a look back at what precisely Franks, Scott and Wilson might have done to deserve such scorn.
Franks has called President Obama an "enemy of humanity", called for his impeachment, and even floated a birther lawsuit.
Rep. Scott has stated that he is just fine with the country hitting the debt limit, regardless of the fact that it could trigger a financial meltdown.
Joe Wilson, in addition to best being known for shouting "You lie!" twice during a State of the Union address, has suggested that a possible intervention in Syria was a conspiracy to distract from the IRS scandal.
If being antagonized was really too much for Franks, Scott and Wilson to handle, maybe they should have thought about that before they went to such great lengths to antagonize Obama first.