[t]o get a balanced budget amendment in this environment...we'd have to make the serious, credible, earnest threat that if you want to raise it and you want to have any Republicans voting for raising it, you're going to have to assist us: You give us 20 votes to adopt the balanced budget amendment in the Senate and we'll make sure you get the votes you need to raise the debt limit.
I always thought, foolish me, that a democracy relied on persuasion and mutual interest to resolve complex issues. Turns out, it threats and bullying. It's almost like if they can't win an argument they must resort to violence. You know who else resorted to violence when the argument was lost?