Republican Rats Scuttle Off Ship of State
Don't say that Republican lobbyists, campaign staffers and Bush administration aides don't stick to their principles: They really do hate government and are proving it by avoiding Barack Obama's inauguration in two and a half weeks.
Jonathan Martin of Politico.com reports:
“What better way to mark the Obama Inauguration (and his millions of adoring fans that will be in DC) than to get out of town to fabulous Las Vegas!” wrote Charlie Spies, a Republican lawyer and former CFO to Mitt Romney’s campaign in a blast email to GOP friends. “We hope you can join us for dinner and a fun evening on Monday, January 19th to celebrate the last few hours of our Republican president in the White House.”
Spies and his wife Lisa, a Republican fund-raiser, have gotten about 15 takers so far for this last supper or, as they billed it in the e-mail, their own “Inaugural in Exile.”
So, in keeping with the Vacation President, who, during his own extended vacation is promising through flaks that his presidency will "sprint to the finish", Republicans are likewise showing their commitment to addressing the many ills that plague this nation by going off to Vegas and all points of the compass to drown their sorrows.
Says Greg Crist, “I will be pondering the future of my party at a remote location, aided in the conversation by my friend Jack Daniels.”
Like rats leaving a sinking ship, or more accurately, like Hunter S. Thompson and his Samoan lawyer who'd dedicated a certain period in their lives to trashing Las Vegas hotel rooms for no discernible purpose, so Republicans, demoralized by the incoming Obama administration and mantra of change that still hasn't lost its hypnotic power, are getting out of Dodge, having left no two boards nailed together.
Rats only desert sinking ships out of self-defense: They don't actually sink them through merciless and brutal self-interest.
We've gotten in this mess because of Republican lobbyists (especially those who work for the lending industry, defense contractors, etc.) and Republican lawyers (read: torture memos). So it only stands to reason that their commitments would end the minute a black Democrat takes over and puts the kibosh on their eight year-long destructive orgy.
I say good riddance. Washington, DC has been good enough to them and so have the taxpayers. Now it's time for them to leave. The air will smell sweeter, there won't be any counter inaugural and it's only proper that they scuttle off this sinking ship of state at a time when optimism is making a comeback.