Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:33 pm

Unfit to govern

Filed under: We're so screwed — Lex @ 8:33 pm

I’ve thought for a long time that the national Republican Party was crazy, and after we learned that the invasion of Iraq was predicated on a lie and that we had started applying Nazi techniques to our prisoners, I knew it. But then, my standards for proving that government officials are insane have been fairly low since the summer of ’73.

No, what’s interesting to me is that other people — even some people who make their living inside the Beltway — are starting, in light of the GOP Tea Party faction’s apparent willingness to blow up the economy, to say this same thing publicly.

Consider Jonathan Chait, a liberal but not one generally given to drama. He has publicly questioned the congressional GOP’s sanity at least twice in the past few days. Actually, he’s not questioning it. He’s claiming it doesn’t exist, and given that Obama just offered the GOP something they’ve spent decades claiming to be working for and they walked away from it, I can’t argue with him.

Meanwhile, the evidence that’s leaked out about internal Republican deliberations suggests the Republicans are not shrewdly trying to maximize their leverage. They’re just barking mad. …

The predominant conservative view here seems to be that nothing bad would happen if we fail to lift the debt ceiling. Indeed, failing to life the debt ceiling is simply another way of imposing a balanced budget requirement, which would be good! (Even Mitt Romneyhas endorsed this plan.) Therefore, why should they lift the debt ceiling and allow the un-balancing of the budget, if they don’t get a balanced budget requirement in return?

The more we find out about the House Republican caucus, the more obvious it becomes that they’re not just trying to maximize their leverage by pretending to be crazy. They’re crazy.

To the extent that there’s anything fun about this, it’s finding out that perfectly ordinary people from all walks of life are starting to share my sentiment and, to paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson, have had it with these mothereffin’ snakes on this mothereffin’ plane. John Cole, erstwhile Republican, for the win:

Of course they are crazy. [New York Times columnist] Ross Douthat is just a hack who does his best to run cover for his dumber compadres, but they are all crazy. There is really no reason to debate this anymore. They deny evolution, many of them think the earth is only several thousand years old, they don’t believe in global climate change and adamantly don’t believe humans have anything to do with it, they think being gay is a choice and I guaran-god-damned-tee that at least half of them think you can pray it away, they think stem cells are tiny babies, they think Saddam Hussein had a role in 9/11, they think you can cut taxes indefinitely and government revenues will always increase, they think Sarah Palin is qualified to be President and Joe the Plumber has keen political insights, they think Obama may be a Muslim and might not be a citizen, they think the solution to gun violence is more guns, and that dijon mustard and arugula are elitist, that the President who appointed half of Goldman Sachs to his administration is a socialist, and so on. And I’m not attributing to the GOP made up stuff, these are things in their [expletive] platform or that they state regularly on camera and in print. Michelle Bachmann was just on tv all wild-eyed asserting that even if we default, seniors will still get their social security checks and that Obama is a big meanie for suggesting otherwise. How will we pay them? Who the [expletive] knows? They aren’t dealing with reality and haven’t been for a long, long time.

There simply is no reason on earth to have this debate any more, except that it serves the needs of [expletives] like Ross Douthat and [New York Times columnist] David Brooks and other members of the conservative “intelligentsia.” If we all recognize that the conservatives are nuts and their ideas are disastrous, they would lose their respectable media/beltway credibility, and you can’t have that happening. So they spin all this bullshit and pretend that it is just another conservative viewpoint when what it actually is is [expletive] crazy being normalized by sociopaths like the aforementioned Times columnists.

So yes. They are crazy. [Expletive], [expletive] crazy. Anyone who treats them as a serious party is either a wingnut welfare recipient or just plain stupid.

And for the cherry atop this cri de couer, Balloon Juice commenter bkny:

it’s not just the crazy members of congress; it’s the inability of the washington dc press corps to purge itself of people who were catastrophically wrong in their policy pronunciations be it economics or the invasion of iraq or any other issue of the past ten years.

Yup. The barking lunatics who have the greatest nation in history circling the drain — and make no mistake; if the U.S. defaults on its debt, 2008 is going to seem like a pinata party — have been enabled by many of the most powerful members of my former profession. Good thing the Bill of Rights is going to be history soon anyway.






  1. I have a helpless feeling watching this fiasco play out. Will there be a last minute save?

    Comment by Frances Hay — Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:07 pm @ 9:07 pm

  2. A week ago I would have said the odds of a save were 95%. Right now I think they’re 60% and dropping. As Han Solo said in “Star Wars,” I have a bad feeling about this.

    Comment by Lex — Friday, July 15, 2011 8:52 am @ 8:52 am

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