Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Go, Lemmings, Go!, Ctd.

I was worried there for a minute that I wasn't going to have a chance to use this graphic again for awhile.

Silly driftglass.

Summer is one of the seasons when the bone-in stupid of the GOP base reaches its peak of freshness (the other seasons are winter, fall and spring.)  And with the Kenyan Usurper actually flipping them the bird from Kenya, and no fake birth certificate or death panel idiocy to rally 'round or carefully orchestrated Fox News-sponsored/Koch-funded "grassroots" wingnut raves to attend, the hungry hungry hypocrites need something to bang their heads against.

So why not Boehner?  

Practically since the day the GOP took the House, he has been the weepy, incompetent box of Chicken-in-a-Biscuit on the back of the wingnut shelf -- a perennial snack-of-last-resort to be tossed from time to time to the rage monster on whose back the Party of Personal Responsibility now rides (Google "humiliate Boehner" for a trip down memory lane.)

And so, inevitably... (from Politico):
House conservative seeks John Boehner's ouster

Most Republicans, however, say it will be tough to round up the votes to overthrow the speaker.

By Jake Sherman and Lauren French

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows had heard from leading conservatives that trying to oust Speaker John Boehner right now was a bad idea.

Reps. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), fierce and frequent critics of leadership, thought the move was ill-advised. Some of Meadows’ friends didn’t even see it coming. But just before 6 p.m. Tuesday — a day before the House was set to leave town for its five-week summer recess — Meadows offered a motion to vacate the chair, an extraordinarily rare procedural move that represents the most serious expression of opposition to Boehner’s speakership. If the motion were to pass — most Republicans say it will be hard to cobble together the votes — Boehner would be stripped of the speaker’s gavel, potentially plunging the House of Representatives into chaos.

GOP leaders were taken completely by surprise. Meadows, a second-term Republican, hadn’t even asked for a meeting with Boehner or other top Republicans to air his gripes.
Since the GOP has given up any pretext of being interested in actual governance, and since the party's vandal base rewards anyone who finds new and exciting ways to sugar democracy's gas tank, we're going to keep winding up here over and over again until these people and their media enablers are driven from power.


Paul Wartenberg said...

It's an interesting attack. He's not noting any specific complaint against Boehner by the looks of things, he's just challenging it. He's left it open-ended to where the disgruntled back-benchers can lob any excuse to vacate the chair, and if enough of them are lined up for a broad attack the House leadership is going to have to appease a lot of different egos...

I wonder if this has anything to do with the limits on pork-barrel projects that make it harder for Speakers to utilize the Carrot approach in the Carrot-Stick dynamic.

bowtiejack said...

There is, I believe, a very common teenage fantasy - "Once I win a $100 million lottery [rule the world, whatever], they're gonna do what I say."

I believe many of the GOP brownshirts now serving in state and national offices believe they are actually living out that fantasy. I expect it to eventually end badly for them (just as it does for teenagers who try to live the dream). When it does I do not expect them to display even the minimum competence to prepare a decent job-search resume. So sad.

Neo Tuxedo said...

I expect it to eventually end badly for them (just as it does for teenagers who try to live the dream). When it does I do not expect them to display even the minimum competence to prepare a decent job-search resume.

They won't need to prepare a resume; the wingnut welfare think-tanks will have jobs lined up for them. And so it will continue until something bursts America's bubble from the outside in a way the incested media-political-corporate elite can't ignore. I'm thinking an all-out assault by the forces of galactic justice, with The Shining One himself taking point.

Kathleen O'Neill said...

And who in their right minds would even take Boehner's job?

Oh, wait - take out the "in their right minds" part. Maybe President Comacho will take the job.

Jim from MN said...

Projecting their own, miserable failures on Boehner is low-hanging fruit. There will come a time when the tea party faithful get tired of seeing their Representatives come home for another 5-week congressional break with nothing more than a handful of failed ACA repeal votes.

Don P said...

Standard reminder that if Nancy Pelosi carried on like John Boehner did (and was as ineffective as Boehner), Dog only knows what the Republicans would say...

Kathleen O'Neill said...

@Jim from MN

The hapless reps will have to scramble to bring home severed lions' heads and slaves.