Saturday, April 18, 2015

10 Years After: 2013 -- The Sorcerer's Apprentices

The 10th blogiversary fundraiser continues with the Snowden Year of 2013.  

In 2013, a few Republicans became momentarily famous for acting stunned to discover that the Republican Party is full of Republicans.

"Their Rigidity is Killing Them."

"It’s either holy purity, or you are anathema.”
Sound like anyone you know?

Actually, this is a quote from pissed-off Republican lobbyist and George W. Bush's former ambassador to Brussels, Tom Korologos who is one of many, cranky members of the Party of Personal Responsibility cited in a new column by Tom Edsall's entitled "Has the G.O.P. Gone Off the Deep End?"

For the uncharitable among us, the column is like tucking in to a ten-foot-long schadenfreude hoagie, trimmed with everyone from a former Tom DeLay aide to Bloody Bill Kristol, all weeping great big Burkean tears and bitching to beat the band about how the inmates have taken over the asylum.

Of course, what they're really furious about is that the monster they tinkered together to stomp Liberals to grue and carry them all to power -- a monster their betters has been warning them against building in increasingly panicked tones for years -- has now, in fact (as one long-forgotten wag once put it) and as predicted, kicked the lab door off its hinges and run amok.  The Party of Lincoln is now Rush Limbaugh's gimp-suited plaything and has stacked Congress with enough deeply paranoid, face-defiant, lockstepping meatsticks that, as Ed Rogers, (a top aide to both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush) notes, to kill "the art of governing in Washington":
The G.O.P. House has between 20 and 30 members who are ideological purists who think every issue and vote is black or white. Combine that with the members who fear a primary from the right, and you have maybe 60 votes that are hard to get. We have lost the art of governing in Washington. In the Congress no one is able to make and execute long-term plans.
If you have five minutes to kill, I suppose you could go read Mr. Edsall's article here.

Or, if you have a lot more time on your hands, you could just re-read every fucking thing Liberals have been screaming about for the last 30 years or so.   30 years during which even whispering the idea in print that the Right might not be right in the head was to invite political jihad from Conservatives and derision and ideological exile by the mainstream media.

After which, if you're still feeling perky, you could follow up by metaphorically slapping the smirk right off of the next lazy, Both Siderist idiot who uglies up your immediate vicinity.

And now a bit of film which apparently no Conservative has ever seen:

And a children's story which apparently no Conservative has ever read.

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