Hastert, above, and Gephardt have been trying to drum up grass-roots support to pressure lawmakers and the White House not to hurl the country over the metaphorical precipice.
“The extreme edges control the money and the politics,” Hastert said. But Gephardt said that going through the “worst economy since the Great Depression” has been a crucial factor in ratcheting up Hill partisanship.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.