IT was the kind of week - one bombshell after another - that should make the American people angry, and it got downright puzzling in the end.
Are Democrats in touch with reality?
What in the heck are they trying to do?
After Democratic opposition to budget cuts and devotion to higher taxes prevented $4 trillion in spending cuts the United States needed to avert a downgrade on its debt, Sen. Jay Rockefeller spoke to the West Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
The tone of his remarks was offensive even for a partisan event.
As the Daily Mail's Ry Rivard reported, the state's senior senator admitted that he has become "somewhat obsessed" with members of the tea party.
Rockefeller called them "extremists" who have "hijacked" the Republican Party and by extension the House of Representatives and the Senate, and committed "legislative extortion."
"They have absolutely no shame," Rockefeller added, "and that's an interesting concept because I've never really been up against that before - people who will do absolutely extraordinarily bad things that are extraordinarily bad for the country and not care about it," he said.
Also on Saturday, 30 American families and six Afghan families suffered the tragic loss of brave men.
After that, the images flashed by and began to pile up.
On Monday, the stock market tanked.
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve said it would keep its target interest rate for overnight loans among banks at a record low for at least two years to support an economic recovery that's "considerably slower" than anticipated.
On Wednesday, over the objections of news organizations, the Pentagon banned news coverage of the return of 30 American servicemen because 19 of the 30 families did not want coverage of their arrival at Dover Air Force base.
But the White House released a photo anyway.
Of President Obama looking heroic.
In that company?
If it was intended to look respectful, it came off looking self-serving.
On Thursday, with unemployment at 9.1 percent, U.S. credit downgraded, and the stock market having fallen into a second swoon, President Obama declared:
"There is nothing wrong with our country."