Exercises in Futility
2) "Trying to apply reason to one who has renounced it."
3) Rooting for the Cubs.
4) Trying to work with Republicans instead of what we ought to be doing, which is putting the puss of every one on a wanted poster, unleashing Dog the Bounty Hunter on them and outlawing them out of existence. Although I'd also settle for siccing on them Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
If the endlessly comical sight of Mitch McConnell filibustering his own bill yesterday, which led Majority Leader Harry Reid to rightly characterize the Republican Party as being unable to "take yes for an answer", isn't a ready-made commercial for filibuster reform when the 113th Congress convenes on January 3rd, then nothing is.
Yes, folks, if you're just tuning in, Mitch McConnell led with his chins and walked right into Harry Reid's bluff to call to a vote on a bill that McConnell himself had endorsed and found himself in the ridiculous position of filibustering his own bill. No doubt the tea bagging goobers in Kentucky who keep re-electing this toxic terrapin into office every six years are prolly cheering him and think he's the most shockingly brilliant statesman this nation has ever produced since Sonny Bono. Or whaddn't he that there feller what sangs for UTube? I dunno. Hey, boys, watch this! Oh, shit, call 911...
You'd think after watching since Election Night this sad, sorry clown show during the mercifully brief time Republicans are actually on Capitol Hill that they're done for. Between McConnell filibustering his own bill just to spite the Majority Leader, John Boner and others screaming about the "fiscal cliff" which is actually a patio step and otherwise carrying on as if they didn't see their numbers in both chambers of Congress erode faster than an Indonesian shoreline after a 30 foot tsunami, that they'd be done for.
Although it's obvious the President is finally growing a budding set of balls only because the Republicans took a thumpin' on Super Tuesday, the fact is Obama is finally digging in his heels a bit and not so willing to go along with the free market lunacy that's become the entire centerpiece of the GOP's platform. They're in the weakest bargaining position they've ever been in since late 2010 and even Ann Coulter is saying the Republicans should just cave on extending the Bush tax cuts because they lost the election.
And losing Ann Coulter is kinda like losing your favorite Halloween witch decorations. You can put other shit out there but it just ain't the same or as fun.
But to think the GOP is now on bended knee and that they're lost their way or have seen the light and the error of their ways is to catapult oneself back into the euphoric first hours after Election Night 2008, the night Obama got elected, the night the Democratic Party scored huge gains in Congress after riding Obama's wide coattails. Remember when we were saying the Republican Party was a regional rump party, that we'd pretty much relegated them to the south?
Well, they sure showed us two years later, didn't they? They came roaring back on a tide of red tea manufactured by corporate entities run by ALEC, Dick Armey and the Koch Brothers and made the second half of the President's first term about as pleasant as a rope party in 1920's Alabama.
We should never underestimate the mindless propensity and capacity of the American people to vote against their interests. Because we who do so learn our lessons about as well as the Republican Party, which is to say not at all. And the Republicans never see the error of their ways as much as they then layer more code words and dog whistles over the same old message: Lower taxes. Repeal. Impeach. And fuck women, the young, the old and infirm, black, Latinos, gays.
They'll be back. Oh, maybe it won't be in the next election cycle but maybe the next, the 2014 midterms where they'll create even more headaches for the President in the last two years of his term than they did the last two years of his first. And they'll be screaming about fiscal discipline while we forget they were the ones who steadily marched us over this fiscal cliff of which they're now screaming starting with Reagan. And they'll be screaming about jobs while we forget they were the ones who lobbied for the outsourcing of jobs. And they'll be screaming about the necessity of austerity measures while we forget the firemen, cops and teachers who get pensions really aren't the reason why so many of us are doing so badly.
So we'll elect these psychopaths into a majority position in one chamber or another and maybe even the White House. Because we are simply the stupidest, most willfully ignorant and misinformed nation on earth, a nation that wouldn't recognize what democracy's supposed to look like if it crawled up our fat, Laz-E-Boy-shaped asses and farted Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Laugh now... while you can. Like Arnie, they'll be back and fronted by slick David Duke grifters, pimping harder than ever for Wall Street.