Let Freedom From Republi-Mania Ring!
So. The Sunday talkathon was a peculiar intervention-y affair, this week, featuring numerous TV pundits trying to talk Republicans down off the ledge. The predominant message was “how about rejoining the rest of your fellow Homo sapiens inhabiting the real world?” [Perhaps not the best choice of words for that gang BECAUSE . . . homo, people!]
And we know we’re really in a pickle when FOX News has to explain what’s what to the GOP.
Evidently, Chris Wallace was chosen by the GOP to “call the shots” for their eleventh hour circular firing squad:
This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington and I say that because as soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.
Now that word has leaked out, the Wasilla Wombat is demanding a list of names of the “cannibals” “trashing” Ted Cruz purportedly to hand it over to some conservative death panel or other.
Cruz-zilla, pathologically luxuriating in all of the attention, produced his Plan B, from somewhere in the vicinity of the creakier windmills of his mind, for all to marvel at:
If Harry Reid kills the bill in the Senate, the House should hold its ground, and should begin passing smaller continuing resolutions, one department at a time. It should start with a continuing resolution focused on the military.
Send it over, see if Harry Reid is willing to shut down the military.
Ever the enigmatic Svengali, Cruz didn’t deign to disclose exactly why he thought Harry Reid wouldn’t treat this new, brilliant gambit just like the last one.
Are we really sure this guy went to Harvard Law? Has anybody seen any proof? Where are the Diploma-Demanders when you need ‘em?
While Cris Wallace was having fun with Ted Cruz, Bob Schieffer was working over Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) on Face the Nation.
Salmon has a theory that Harry Reid is going to be a stand-up guy when presented with the Town Hall evidence of what Americans want and dispense with Senate rules that hamper defunding Obamacare:
“Well, I would hope that [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)] would take the voice of the American people seriously,” Salmon said.” But have a straight-up vote on the floor, that’s all we’re asking. This is what the American people want.”
“But this is not the land of wishful thinking,” Schieffer pointed out. “This is the land of what’s real and what’s going to happen.”
Nice try, Bob, but I don’t think you converted Salmon.
Taking an entirely different tack, Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), appearing on ABC’s This Week noted:
Republicans have to explain to the American people how they voted for a budget that includes all of the Medicare savings from Obamacare, that includes the same level of revenue generated from Obamacare and, in fact, would not even balance in 10 years, if not for the Affordable Care Act.
That’s misleading and that’s a hoax.
When another guest, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) tried to reframe the discussion, Van Hollen wasn’t having any:
You guys don’t want to provide affordable care under this system for millions of Americans, but you have a plan to take millions of people in Medicare and put them into the Obamacare system. That’s what you’re proposing to do.
And thennnnnn, In another sector of the politi-sphere, Paul “The Wonk” Ryan was busy announcing his book deal for a save the world blueprint entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?”
According to the publisher:
It will challenge conventional thinking, renew the conservative vision for 2014 and beyond, and show how it is essential for the well-being of our communities and the future of our nation.
Someone should tell the publisher there’s no need to “sell” the notion that Ryan will “challenge conventional thinking.” He’s the Cirque du Soleil of conventional thinking challengers.
I’m thinking that, chances are, Ryan won’t be interested in rejiggering his imaginary budget, what with ticking off this important “has the candidate written a serious book” box on the “I’m Feeling Presidential” checklist. I’m sure his P90x schedule will become mission critical before all of those campaign cameras start whirring. And then there’s always his day job, of course. Job #1—a laser-like focus on jobs! jobs! jobs! for his constituents. [How’s the job scene in Janesville, these days, I wonder?]
Too bad it’s taken this long, for the sane to challenge the GOP; maybe we could have avoided the last few years of babbling nitwittery if a crowd of credible pundits and pols had had the stones to tell these nattering nabobs of negativity that they are wasting the country’s time and good will, not to mention demolishing their own very brittle credibility.
Better late than never, I suppose . . .
Cup-Half-Full Moment: One of the positive effects of all of this Republi-Mania?
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised more than $840,000 in online contributions since House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced last week that Republicans would include a measure to strip funding from the Affordable Care Act in a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.