14 December 2013

More screeching on the right

During 2012 I compared the Republican primaries to a demolition derby in which the cars self-destructed as often as they were smashed up by each other.  It looks like this has now become their normal mode of behavior.

In the wake of Romney's defeat, Marco Rubio emerged as a rising star in a party suddenly conscious of its unpopularity among Hispanics.  He was on every short list of 2016 Presidential candidates -- until he identified himself with the push for illegal-alien amnesty, and the teabaggosphere erupted in the usual spelling-challenged outrage.  He's been in the doldrums in polls of Republicans ever since.  A politician favored for his supposed appeal to Hispanics was trashed and rejected because he supported a plan designed, however ineptly, to attract Hispanics.

The same is now happening with Paul Ryan, whose budget plan a couple of years ago led some to acclaim him as the intellectual leader of the Republican party (one wag at the time pointed out that this is like calling Moe the intellectual leader of the Three Stooges, but there we are).  Now, however, he's put his name on a budget compromise with Democrats which, to the outrage of teabaggerdom, includes a few fees which could be construed as tax increases, and also fails to cut Social Security.*  Ryan is now being denounced as a traitor, RINO, etc. in comment threads all over RedState and its ilk; if he had Presidential ambitions, they're probably toast.

The conflict over the budget deal has intensified the brawling between the evil-but-rational Republicans who seek to achieve the goals of oligarchy and theocracy by ordinary legislative means, and the foaming-at-the-mouth suicide-bomber element whose strategy is to blow everything up when they don't get exactly what they want.  Even Boehner has now had enough -- and the radicals are screeching with renewed rage at his treachery.

Remember, we still have two more years of this to go before the normal 2016 Republican primary process even starts.  There's going to be a lot of flung poo to clean off the walls by the time it's all over, and no one can guess what, if anything, will be left standing after more Presidential hopefuls have been teabagged into oblivion for this or that sin against orthodoxy.  Maybe the dream ticket?

[*I'm not opining here about whether the budget deal is a good one or not.  The point is, it's not evil enough for the teabaggers.]


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Quite appropriate. Today is National Monkey Day!

Perhaps the GOPers will run this guy as their 2016 favorite?

14 December, 2013 05:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Lord Hanuman? Maybe, but Satan would be an even better choice.

14 December, 2013 06:06  
Anonymous Marc McKenzie said...

It would be interesting to see the effect this current GOP infighting has on the 2014 elections. The results could give us a better idea about 2016.

Overall though...great post!

14 December, 2013 07:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks! All the planned 2014 primary challenges will provide plenty of poo-flinging opportunities.

14 December, 2013 10:52  
Blogger mendip said...

It couldn't happen to a nicer and more intelligent bunch of people...

14 December, 2013 12:50  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

True enough -- almost everyone else is nicer and more intelligent than Republicans, and Republicans are the only ones it's happening to.

14 December, 2013 13:35  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...



Just kiddin Infidel, I reckon the money already has our choices picked eh? I sure a Hell dont have a clue (just a candidate ... you can say, I already have my choice, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh {: )

Thanx for the read Infidel ....

15 December, 2013 06:05  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Snookie? Well, if Palin could get the VP nod, maybe she has a shot.

15 December, 2013 07:19  

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