On CNBC today, Tim Pawlenty made an impassioned entreaty to congressional Republicans over the debt ceiling.
"This is uncomfortable. It's awkward. I know it's concerning to the markets for understandable reasons.
But if we don't get people in Washington D.C. to take this seriously and actually make the tough decisions -- they always say 'Oh, we're going to make the tough decisions. We'll do it. We'll do it', and then they never do.
.... Now is the time. The hour is late, and these problems are big, and the only way you're going to get people to do something tough is to put their backs up against the wall.
His message mirrors that of Erick Erickson's, whose words to Republicans today carried an edge of warning and were reportedly being passed around in a closed door meeting of House Republicans.
House Republicans, this is a time for choosing: Do you choose to be more courageous than the Democrats who were willing to risk defeat to advance socialism? Is keeping your job more important to you than saving the country? If so, the odds are you will both lose your job and lose your country.
This is a time for choosing. Choose wisely.