MORE REPUBLICAN INSANITY….California’s lovable Republican leadership is getting desperate:

The state Senate Republican leader threatened lawmakers in his party this week that he will fight to end their political careers if they vote for tax increases to close California’s $38.2-billion budget gap.

In a closed-door joint Senate and Assembly GOP caucus meeting, Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday told colleagues that he will come to their districts and seek their defeats in their next elections if they vote for tax hikes.

Brulte even brought in a mock political advertisement that he said would be mailed to voters of traitorous party members with money he would raise.

Lovely. The state Republicans are still hunkering down, of course, trying to pretend that we can close a $38 billion budget gap without any tax increases. This goes to show how far Republicans have moved to the right just since 1991, when Pete Wilson proposed a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to bail us out of our last budget crisis.

The worst part of it, I think, is my perennial complaint about Republicans: they claim to want spending cuts but refuse to say what they want to cut. Our latest budget crisis is now about eight months old, but the Republican leadership still hasn’t presented a plan that would cut $38 billion from the budget. They talk big, and they like to score political points, but they won’t put their money where their mouths are. Cowards.