16 October 2013

Unconditional surrender

We broke 'em.

The Senate has a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt limit -- a deal which gives the Republicans nothing for their hostage-taking efforts (it may include income verification for ACA subsidies, but this is the most pitiful sop imaginable since the ACA already includes that provision anyway).  Boehner will abandon the Hastert rule and let the full House vote on the deal, even though that means it will pass with mostly Democratic votes.  There was some concern that Cruz, who led his party into this fiasco, might delay a Senate vote past the default deadline -- but he won't, and the leadership is ready to squelch him if he tries anything.

After making fools of themselves in front of the whole world, after trashing their approval rating with the American people far below its historic floor, after disastrously exacerbating their party's internal divisions and alienating the business interests which traditionally support it -- after all that, the Republicans are cravenly backing down, tail between legs, and getting nothing.  Kudos to Obama and the Democrats for standing firm in the face of blackmail.

All that remains now is the recriminations among them.  Word is already spreading across the teabagger internet, fueling rage, cries of betrayal, and threats of primary challenges and third parties.  Soon the Republican civil war will be fully under way.

"To crush your enemies, and see them fall at your feet -- to take their seats and districts, and hear the lamentation of their bloggers.  That is best in life."


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

I've already witnessed their recriminations at a few of the conservative blogs. They're telling their MISleaders to take the "walk of shame."

These poor benighted creatures actually hoped for a collapse of America's and the world's financial systems and for the merciless suffering of innocent Americans so that millions of Americans could be left without health insurance.

If that isn't a definition of nihilism then I don't know the meaning of words anymore.

16 October, 2013 10:40  
Blogger (O)CT(O)PUS said...

To quote my good friend, Captain Fogg, earlier today: "I'm too much of a pessimist to take hope. Put a hundred cockroaches in a jar. Come back in a week and you'll see America."

16 October, 2013 11:19  
Blogger Christine Vyrnon said...

Just as long as the GOP doesn't insist on making their internal civil war anything more than an Internal civil war. I want nothing to do with it.

Is it possible some conservatives will jump ship and go to the "Left"... taking the Left further to the Right? hmmm.

16 October, 2013 11:49  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Shaw: The implications of their delusional thinking are terrifying. We can't truly rest until the last of their political power in our system has been swept away.

Octo: Oh, come on, allow yourself to enjoy the moment. After the last couple of weeks, we've all earned it.

Christine: I expect a lot of them will jump ship in various directions. That doesn't mean we have to take them, unless they've genuinely seen the light.

16 October, 2013 12:41  
Blogger (O)CT(O)PUS said...

"Oh, come on, allow yourself to enjoy the moment."

Okay, okay. I'lll revise that. Put a hundred cockroaches in a jar. Come back in a week, and you'll find one really fat cockroach.

16 October, 2013 13:40  
Blogger (O)CT(O)PUS said...

Did I say cockroach? Sorry, I meant to say Kochroach.

16 October, 2013 13:44  
Blogger Robert the Skeptic said...

Damn I would so love the Tea Party noobs to organize into an actual third party! But alas, their handlers are enough smarter at manipulating them to prevent something like that from happening. There was a glimmer there for a second, though.

16 October, 2013 13:57  
Blogger uzza said...

Relief, until January, when we'll do the whole damn dance all over again.

16 October, 2013 14:33  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Octo: Yep, Kochroaches is what they are.

Robert: I'm not so sure. I don't think anyone can really control them any more.

Uzza: Maybe not. They got burned badly enough this time that I don't think they'll try it again.

16 October, 2013 15:40  
Anonymous Bacopa said...

I knew the Wall Street masters would rein in the rogues. I'll side with The Street over ideological nihilists any day. Seriously, a default would not be bad just for average Americans, it could have led to world financial collapse. Think of the suffering in other countries that held reserves in US bonds if they couldn't back their own projects with US holdings.

And what of the debt? Every deficit has been lower under Obama every year. We are going into debt less each year than we went into under W. And remember that Clinton left us with surpluses that could have eliminated the entire national debt by 2012.

16 October, 2013 16:23  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

"Oh, come on, allow yourself to enjoy the moment."

Okay. Doing a happy dance.

16 October, 2013 20:15  
Blogger Green Eagle said...

"Come back in a week, and you'll find one really fat cockroach."

And the odds are that it will be named Ted.

16 October, 2013 21:18  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Bacopa: We could probably close the deficit completely if we could just get the tax rates on top-level incomes back up where they were in Reagan's time, or better yet, Eisenhower's. That will require purging the Republicans out of any position of power, though.

Shaw: I'm just glad it's over. Fretting about this crap has made me feel almost physically ill.

Green: Careful, even cockroaches have standards.

17 October, 2013 09:50  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

John Boehner, at this time the only honorable thing for you to do would be Hari-Khari....

19 October, 2013 16:15  

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