There is a great scene in the classic movie "Rebel Without a Cause" in which Jim Stark, played by hyper cool James Dean, and his not so cool nemesis Buzz play a game of chicken. You can watch it here:
The idea is to race their cars side by side to a cliff edge and the guy who jumps out first is a chicken.
This teenage test of manhood doesn't work out very well for the uncool Buzz who gets his jacket sleeve tangled up with the car door and plummets off the cliff to his fiery death.
Jim, not a hair out of place, survives.
Cut to modern day Washington, D.C., where the hyper cool Barack Obama has been challenged once again to a game of chicken by the not so cool John Boehner.
The metaphorical cliff edge is the debt ceiling, which needs to be raised by the end of the month or the nation's full faith and credit will plummet off the cliff.
Boehner demands something in return from Obama for paying the bills Congress has already racked up.
Wearing a bemused smile, Barry says no way. Let's race.
Boehner, comb in his teeth, revs up the Tea Party caucus and puts the pedal to the Fox News metal, demanding concessions for not letting the American economy crash and burn.
As the deadline for the ceiling vote approaches, Boehner frantically tries to jump before it's too late. But he gets tangled up in his hysterically uncool rhetoric.
The president slides out, does a nifty shoulder roll, and watches in disbelief as Boehner and his GOP minions in the House go off the cliff.
The debt ceiling is raised and the GOP gets nothing.
I've seen this movie before.