Plan B was a conservative plan with one little tiny dash of compromise, one small and mostly symbolic feather step outside the safe zone of hard-right ideology and toward…not even the center, but the far-right fringe of the center. And the Republicans could not vote even for that. So we’ll go over the cliff, and Obama will have more leverage, and we’ll see what happens then. But make no mistake. Mr. Smith’s insane cousins have come to Washington, and insane people can’t be reasoned with. The country is stuck with the vandals, and vandalism is all they can commit, because that is who they are.