Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fundraiser Continues: Self-Destroying Machines


This is sculpture Jean Tinguely posing in front of "Homage to New York".

 "Homage" was a kinetic sculpture designed to come roaring loudly to life, run violently and clankingly for awhile, and then publicly tear itself apart.

This House Speaker John Boehner posing in front of the House Republicans...


...which is a machine built and refined over the last 40 years by fascist schemers, crackpot wingnut billionaires and hate radio assholes to do exactly the same thing.


At 1:27 this afternoon...
National Review Online

Boehner’s Ultimatum
By Robert Costa
December 20, 2012 1:27 P.M.


Speaker John Boehner is confident that “Plan B,” his fiscal-cliff plan, will pass the House, and that its passage will pressure the Senate to bring it to the floor.


“I’m not convinced at all that when it passes, it’ll die in the Senate,” Boehner told reporters. “I did my part, they’ve done nothing.”


“They will have to act,” he added. “If they refuse to act, they will be responsible for the largest tax hike in American history.”

...
 8 hours later...
Talking Points Memo

Republicans Crush Boehner’s Plan B

BRIAN BEUTLER DECEMBER 20, 2012, 9:16 PM


Plan B was supposed to have been John Boehner’s masterstroke — and the only legislative tactic protecting him from an embarrassing defeat in fiscal cliff negotiations with President Obama.


But late Thursday, after a brief but contentious meeting with his conference, he announced he’d gambled and lost.



“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Boehner official statement read.

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15 comments:

DeistPaladin said...

Gratifying and terrifying all at once.

On the one hand, good to see them falling apart.

On the other hand, scary to see them falling apart.

We have serious problems to solve and these people can still do a lot of damage on the way down.

Sean Riley said...

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon

Anonymous said...

To accompany Sean's quotation, I'll add President Obama's "Proceed..."

Cliff Enz said...

From Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (conservative apologist division): 'This sort of display suggests Republicans are not capable of governing. What was an argument by Democrats (They are unreasonable! They only care for the rich!) is now a political reality.

Cliff Enz said...

From Jennifer Rubin Washington Post apologist division: This sort of display suggests Republicans are not capable of governing. What was an argument by Democrats (They are unreasonable! They only care for the rich!) is now a political reality.

Anonymous said...

Well played Anon, well played.
So... Cantor as the New Speaker?

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to try my hand at mixing metaphors, so here goes: with the "T" party, the republicans have a tiger by the tail that wags the dog.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Even Jenghazi Rubin can smell the stench coming from the cellar.
~

Neo Tuxedo said...

Anonymixed metaphor: And yet, still more coherent than Fried Man explaining that, if you're going to throw yourself on a grenade whose pin you yourself pulled, you need a heavily armed midwife to fix the vase you broke.

Anonymous said...

Neo Tux- well put!

DeistPaladin said...

@Anon
Cantor as the new Speaker?

Out of the frying pan...

casimir said...

Some good touch-up on that photo ... you can't even see the dead flesh falling from their faces ...

Fritz Strand said...

Your ought to run a caption contest for this one.



jurist said...

I can see Virgina "Get off my elevator: Foxx ....

jurist said...

And there is Virginia "Get off my elevator" Foxx ....