Wednesday, July 31, 2013


I was reading at Roll Call today that perhaps the Republican Party ruling class is opening their little eyes on the world as it really is and thinking about the irrelevance of things. While this is a new and interesting, one might even say refreshing, view of the Party of No it is not one that I believe is real. The news is full of stories by commentators about rethuglican intransigence and what a rudderless and leaderless party they are. Perhaps they are. It is difficult to reconcile that view with the one of Boehner and McCain ceaselessly working with the Administration and the Democratic controlled Senate to enact legislation that so damages the members of the Republic. Obamacare was passed over the howling objections of an entire majority of the people and now everyone who urged its passing and voted for it to become law is howling that it has wrapped them in its clammy embrace. They want to do the same with Immigration Reform.

I did like the arguments being pronounced and declaimed on NPR yesterday and in the days and months leading up to now of the Republican Party simply not acting and not working with the Senate and President to pass more laws and make more regulations and increase taxes and spend more money we don't have and to raise the debt ceiling officially so we can all pretend, as we have for the last 73 days that the Administration has not burst through the legally mandated debt ceiling imposed by Congress as the only way to cap borrowing.

The Republican Party is not worth much but sometimes,
a ship of state like that works perfectly well as a fire ship.


Buck said...

There are times... many such... that I despair about "the loyal opposition." But is there an alternative? I think not.

HMS Defiant said...

You're right, there is no alternative, but within the Party it would be so nice to see the Taxed Enough Already lean into the task and shove the RINO leadership into the furnace. I know people who quote the 'conservative' David Brooks as if he is anything other than a dyed-in-the-wool liberal democrat.
On the other hand, I think the Senate Minority Leader is probably 5 times smarter than I am and I respect his ability to achieve some amazing results without fanfare and so quietly and slickly that one is left thinking 'ninjas'.