What these guys don't seem to understand, though, is that a lot of them probably will lose next year, anyway. If not in a primary, then certainly in the November general election.
Don't believe me? Ask Michael Flanagan.
"Who's that?", you ask.
He was one of the Republican heroes of the last big Republican takeover election, back in 1994. Flanagan defeated the Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, the then powerful-but-indicted chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Flanagan was a dragon slayer.
Except, guess what? Yep. Without a crook like Rosty to run against, Flanagan was dumped out of office just two years later.
It's just going to happen: A number of the GOP freshmen sit in districts President Obama won in 2008 and a bunch of the 2010 freshmen will turn into defeated one-termers like Michael Flanagan.
While we're name-dropping the names of obscure one-term wonders, let me drop one more: Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky.
Margolies-Mezvinsky was a freshman Democrat from a swing district in Pennsylvania back in 1993. She had the poor luck of being the Democrat who had to cast the tie-breaking vote for President Bill Clinton's tax increase that year, a tax increase that helped pave the way for a balanced budget just a few years later.
When she cast that vote, though, Republicans mocked Margolies-Mezvinsky mercilessly. Then Rep. Bob Walker went so far as to jump up and down on the House floor, yelling "Bye-bye, Marjorie!"
Sure enough, Margolies-Mezvinsky also couldn't make it back for a second term.
Except, it turns out, Margolies-Mezvinsky is OK with that. She wouldn't change her vote if she had it to do over. "I am your worst-case scenario. And I'd do it all again," she says.
This little-known lawmaker popped up again just last year. She told her story in the pages of the Washington Post. At the time, she was counseling wavering Democrats who were unsure about casting a politically difficult vote for healthcare reform.
"Simply put, you could be Margolies-Mezvinskied whether you vote with or against President Obama," she says. "You will be assailed no matter how you vote this week. And this job isn't supposed to be easy. So cast the vote that you won't regret in 18 years."
While Margolies-Mezvinsky was talking to Democrats about healthcare reform, the exact same thing could be said today to Republicans about raising the debt ceiling.
So, House Republicans: You can do the right thing, or continue to act as lemmings. But this time, you will be are taking us over the cliff, too.