Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Let The Hostage-Taking Begin

Against my better judgement, here is a bit of anal leakage from the thing that The National Review has devolved into:
House to Vote on Defunding Obamacare
By Robert Costa

Leadership sources tell me the House GOP will soon vote on a continuing resolution that simultaneously funds the federal government and defunds Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are expected to announce the decision at Wednesday’s closed-door conference meeting.

This means the conservatives who have been urging Boehner to back a defunding effort as part of the CR have won a victory, at least in terms of getting the leadership to go along with their strategy. But getting such a CR through the Democratic Senate and signed into law will be very difficult — and many House Republican insiders say a “Plan B” may be needed.
Earlier in the day, the Most Useless Carbon Nodule on Liberal TeeVee

told me that, in effect, Barack Obama's Entire!Presidency! hinges on winning a budget fight which was ginned up out of thin air by genuinely crazy people who are perfectly willing to nuke the global economy unless they receive Barack Obama's personal and abject apology for existing and a promise to gut his own, signature legislation.

The meatsticks have built a cult out of killing Obamacare, and their angry, stupid god demands an angry, stupid sacrifice.

Of course Mr. Halperin made no mention whatsoever of the barking-madness of the Republican half of the upcoming budget negotiations, instead opting to incant phrases like "conventional wisdom" and "Washington Insiders" to paste a figleaf over the fact that he was delivering John Boehner's ransom note (Unless you cook our meth for us, you're doomed, Barack Obama! Doooooomed!) on live teevee.  

Of course, this is not really John Boehner's fault, or Eric Cantor's or Ted Cruz's:  the fault lies with squarely with the dog-loyal dregs of the Republican base, who cannot shamble off to their unquiet graves fast enough to suit me.  

My own theory of civic engagement is that such people -- along with their charlatan leaders, tinpot demagogues, and media enablers -- need to be bum-rushed the hell out of the corridors of power and back to squatting on corner barstools raving about hippies where the belong, after which the adults can figure out how to fix what 30 years of unremitting stupid has broken.

But that's just my theory.

There is another theory that holds I have it all wrong -- that the entire shebang should be turned over to the hostage takers.  Just flip the keys to the Gohmerts' and Cruzes and Kings...after which Underpants Gnomes! 

...after which Libertarian Utopia!

At first blush this theory appears to be an even more aggressively idiotic view of the world and how it works than the season finale of "The Newsroom", but some big brains with much, much bigger megaphones than I have absolutely swear by it.

Like, for instance, this guy:


BlindRobin said...

What we shouldn't first descend into the abyss before ascending into paradise? Penance for our sins before absolution is the way and Saint Glen is the lords messenger doncha know, at least that's what they all say... No?

Lawrence said...

I, Glen Greenwald, a white man with money, thinks we should punish the Democrats by writing in Jill Stein foe every office on every ballot we cast for a few electoral cycles. And due to my whiteness, maleness, and money, I won't miss a meal, be forced to give birth to a child I can't afford, have my family sent to be killed or maimed in a war. Really, people. Turn on. Tune in. Drop by the green room at MSNBC and we can chat about John Yoo's Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

n1ck said...

Republicans suck.

Democrats suck less.

If you're Saint Glenneth Greenwald, the only logical answer is to let the Republicans win.

Because if everything gets just a little bit worse, everything will soon after get much, much better.

Also, he's a rich white man living abroad. So there's that.

Anonymous said...

Were I a voter -- Look, I may be naive, but I'm not that naive -- I would have voted Nader. Nader! Nader Nader Nader! And were voters Democrat and Republican not so fucking stupid, they, too, would have voted Nader. Instead, most voters assume that the the process is all about strategy, gaming, making one's pitifully worthless voice heard. Yeah, "civic engagement." How does anybody invoke that platitude without barfing a litte?

Damian, Pink No More said...


They never run out of steam, do they?

JerryB said...

Is that Buckely in the first pic?

kfreed said...

Libertarian Glenn Greenwald of Koch-funded Cato Institute: Republicans "are a LITTLE bit worse"... which tells us that Libertarian Glenn Greenwald is a) lying b) Republican c) both.

George Orwell: "Democrats must overcome the stigma of not voting"... Bwahhhahahahahhhaa. Sure, Glenn.