Like drunken college kids getting ready to graduate, Republicans are taking one last chance to be, as their former leader once said, "young and irresponsible."
Railing against deficits and unemployment benefits on the one hand, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising one last filibuster unless Democrats capitulate to a $700 billion Christmas present to people earning more than $250,000 annually.
Oh, and while they're at it, forget about a nuclear arms treaty and repealing a "don't ask, don't tell" policy considered outworn and useless by top Pentagon brass and 70 percent of active duty soldiers alike.
You need to remember, of course, that McConnell is on the record as saying the GOP's No. 1 priority is making Barack Obama a one-term president.
Which doesn't instill confidence the frat boys are likely to straighten up and fly right when the calendar changes again.
CORRECTION: Thanks to the sharp-eyed copy editor who noted I was giving a tax break to extremely wealthy people. Obvi0usly that was people earning over $250,000.