Five Warning Signs That the “Elephant-in-the Room” Is Seriously Fked Up
The 2012 post-election implosion of the Republican Party is no longer news, it has now morphed into a sort of protracted anthropological study conducted by forensic squads of enquiring minds from all regions of the intellectual landscape.
We’re now at a stage that is like being forced to attend a family intervention on Superbowl Sunday. The pathetic yutz of a “guest of honor” wallowing in self-pity, anger and (worst case) withdrawal, while the rest of the family natters away frantically about self-help, tough love and family history. It’s a horror show, with no real winners or losers, that must simply be endured.
And, because we are “family” it is assumed that someday we will forgive and forget, but that’s a long way off . . .
Here, then, are the five signs that convince me that the “patient” is, at this point far beyond home remedies and likely needs professional help of some sort.
Yesterday, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Dogpatch) re-election campaign sent out a fundraising email that suggested that President Obama ordered the firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) to “manufacture” a survey that said the Kentucky Republican was the “most unpopular Senator in the country.”
Barack Obama and his allies told us what they were going to do. They think if they can manufacture a difficult re-election for Senator McConnell back home in Kentucky then they can push our Leader around in Washington.
The partisan PPP polling company, which has been used as a tool for Obama Democrats to manufacture circumstances that don’t exist all across the country, descended upon Kentucky to proclaim that Senator McConnell has a 37% approval rating. The poll is laughable. But, the liberal press is gobbling it right up.
What was really surprising was that even cooked books couldn’t produce a Democrat candidate who could beat Senator McConnell head to head. Cooked polls are certainly only the start of the liberals’ plans. They will throw the kitchen sink at us. This poll is just the tip of iceberg and Leader McConnell needs your help. Please help with a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or even $500 today.
Three phrases come to mind, Mitch: Unskewed Polls FAIL!, Ashley Judd down by 4, 2 years out and Why bother?
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) doesn’t know what happened in Benghazi but he knows it was scandalous:
I believe that it’s a lot bigger than Watergate, and if you link Watergate and Iran-Contra together and multiply it times maybe 10 or so, you’re going to get in the zone where Benghazi is. I don’t think the public has any idea, and I tell you, I don’t either, of the chronology of the events — what took place, and who was where doing what and why. And all the way down through — we still haven’t seen an autopsy report on the ambassador yet. Simple questions that you would ask in the first 24 hours have not been asked yet.
As Ed Kilgore of Washington Monthly said:
It is pretty clear the fundamental motive is to find a post-election “Obama scandal” that allows Republicans to mentally nullify the 2012 elections.
Eating One’s Own Young
Back-bench freshmen Justin Amash, Tim Huelskamp and David Schweikert are gaining martyr status among conservative activists after they were “purged” from House committees for what they say is a matter of sticking to their principles on tough votes.
But some of their colleagues say the trio got yanked by the leadership-driven Republican Steering Committee because they’re jerks — or worse.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative who is close to party leaders, told them that “the a—hole factor” came into play in the Steering decision.
He said that it had nothing to do with their voting record, a scorecard, or their actions across the street [meaning fundraising],” Westmoreland spokeswoman Leslie Shedd told POLITICO. “It had to do with their inability to work with other members, which some people might refer to as the a—hole factor.
Whatever the reasons, these were the first members pulled off committees as punishment for political or personality reasons in nearly two decades. Even Tom “The Hammer” DeLay, the fearsome majority leader known for hardball tactics, drew the line there.
This is a party that’s afraid of itself . . .
Doubling-Down on Failure
Republicans have floated the idea of a “fallback plan” should the current fiscal cliff negotiations fail. The fallback plan involves “trench warfare”—sounds promising, doesn’t it?
If no deal is reached, Republicans are increasingly talking about a more hostile outcome in which the House passes legislation that extends tax cuts for the middle class, sets relatively low tax rates on dividends, capital gains and inherited estates, and cancels the across-the-board defense cuts, but leaves in place across-the-board domestic cuts. Then House Republicans would engage in what Mr. Boehner, in a private meeting last week, called “trench warfare,” a running battle with the president on spending, first as the government approaches its statutory borrowing limit early next year, then in late March, when a stopgap government spending bill runs out. But such legislation might not be able to pass the Senate, leaving the country no closer to a resolution.
According to the Washington Post, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a proponent of this approach but Boehner and other House Republicans have rejected the strategy.
Public Venting of Delusional, Grandiose Thinking
Grover Norquist was one of the earliest casualties of WTF! We Lost Derangement and doesn’t appear to be improving any if Thursday’s CSPAN appearance is representative of his state of mind. Norquist mentioned that congressional Republicans had a number of secret weapons ready to wield against Obama and Democrats in order to ensure that there would be no spending increases or tax hikes.
Obama will be on a very short leash, fiscally speaking, over the next four years,” Norquist said. “He’s not going to have any fun at all; he may just have to go blow up small countries he can’t pronounce because it won’t be any fun to be here, because he won’t be able to spend the kind of cash he was hoping to.
And a Dallas cheerleader will probably hit on you at the Office
Christmas Holiday Party, too, Grover.