Remember how things used to be? Back when the Democrats dealt with the Republicans by trying to prove they were tougher, even though it never worked (see below)?
When did the Republicans move from "Jump off this cliff!" to "Pretend you're just as scared of the cliff as we are, even though it's miles away and adequately roped off!"? And what is Harry Reid thinking when he accepts the challenge?
Trying to look tough in politics is irritating and frequently counter-productive, but I get it. Trying to look scared? It's just embarrassing.
Update: Apparently Reid may have already got the message.