"The problem with American politics right now is Republican extremism, and if you’re not willing to say that, you’re helping make that problem worse." Paul Krugman, NYTimes. Here's the column.
Krugman makes the strong case that much of what is happening with the budget in Washington is not about two cranky political parties going at it. It's about a bunch of nutcases holding American government "hostage" and demanding its way as ransom. Its way keeps shifting to the right as the Democrats agree to demands and today Democrats stand to the right of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank whose goals have been met by the Dems.
I have to agree that the press' reporting of "two equal sides" in this standoff is folly, since one of those sides is hell-bent on destruction and the other has no spine.