By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The GOP clearly isn’t happy with its popularity ratings in the tank. They threaten to send the Grand Old Party spiraling down into political Middle Earth. At least that’s the impression Senate leaders are making by killing the Big Three auto bailout.

It’s quite understandable to want to spare taxpayers the financial burden of the bailout. But wait until GOP leaders feel the sting of killing up to 2 million jobs, hearing from constituents who can no longer find parts for their Chevys or Cadillacs, and worst yet, the prospect that the United States may no longer have a domestic auto industry.