Michael Barone on the GOP: Incapable of Governing

From Michael Barone’s latest column:

Last week, Republicans proved they are not a governing party….

A governing party would have, reluctantly, passed Speaker John Boehner’s Plan B, which would have preserved the current tax rates on everyone with incomes under $1 million.

Passage would have put Senate Democrats on the spot, since they voted for a similar measure in 2010. They might have engaged in negotiations with Boehner that could have been more productive than his negotiations with Barack Obama this month and in the summer of 2011.

A cruel question to ask on the merriest of holidays, perhaps, but a central one all the same: Is Michael Barone correct? Is the GOP too short-sighted and ideological to govern in the national interest? Or did the conservatives in the House instead, perhaps, make a shrewd decision, calculating that in time Americans will return to a party that stands on principle?

I myself, alas, incline toward Barone. You?