Republicans are playing games with the debt ceiling, and that's totally cool with Stephen Colbert.
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On Thursday night, Colbert broke down Republicans' political theater over the debt ceiling, noting how they brought a bill to the House floor that would have raised the debt ceiling with no strings attached, solely with the intent of voting that bill down.
Republicans have been in a bind between competing demands within their party's base. On one side, Tea Partiers want deep budget cuts in exchange for an increase to the debt ceiling -- terms that Democrats won't accept. On the other hand, businesses would rather see a compromise to avoid the disastrous fallout that could occur if Congress deadlocks over the debt ceiling.