09 October 2015

Wingnut fight!

Republican factionalism and compromise-phobia have boiled to the surface in the House of Representatives, producing instant chaos and paralysis.  This was inevitable once Boehner, the adult in the room and a holdover from the days before the Republicans went completely bonkers, announced he was stepping down at the end of October.  Choosing a new Speaker has normally been a routine business, but with the wingnut Freedumb Caucus having decided that playing nice is for wimps and RINOs, even this simple task is proving impossible.

Why did Kevin McCarthy drop out on the very eve of the vote?  Rumors have cited a threat to expose an extramarital affair, his gaffe quasi-admitting that the endless Benghazi wankfest was just a ritual meant to jinx Hillary (like there was anybody who didn't already know that), or the simple realization that the wingnuttier-than-thou faction(s) would never let such a Boehneresque "moderate" reach the needed 218 votes.

They're now completely at sea.  Who else have they got?  Chaffetz?  Boehner is said to be trying to persuade Paul Ryan to jump in.  But Ryan has made it clear that he doesn't want the miserable, thankless job of herding all these distempered cats around, and who knows whether the foaming-at-the-mouth element would vote for the former running mate of the despised arch-RINO Romney any more than they would for McCarthy?  And most of the other options are worse than a joke.

It would be vastly amusing except that there are critical votes on the debt ceiling and government funding coming up, tasks which in the past have proven almost impossible to get done even when the wingnuts aren't screeching and flinging feces at each other.  They're fighting over the steering wheel of a bus that's heading for a cliff, and we're all passengers.  Remember, too, that whoever ultimately wins is third in line to the Presidency.

Speaking of which, this doesn't bode well for the party's eventual Presidential nominee.  A race with fifteen (at last count) candidates is absurd enough, but if the Congressional factions can't even unite to choose a Speaker, how are all the variegated wingnut tribes -- the Jebbushites, Trumpolines, Randroids, Marco-Rubes, Hucksters, etc. -- going to unite behind a single standard-bearer after a year of denouncing each others' candidates and threatening not to vote for the "wrong" nominee?  Trump's likely independent run may be only the beginning of their problems next year.

So long as the Republicans fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little party, a silly party -- greedy, barbarous, and cruel.

Boehner has, at least, promised to stay on as Speaker until a replacement is chosen.  Maybe this was his plan all along:  he offered the wingnuts what they wanted -- his resignation -- knowing that the inevitable subsequent fiasco would serve as a humiliating reminder of why they need him.

Or maybe there's no grand plan here and the feces-flinging will just continue until it drives the "moderates" to the wingnuts' ultimate nightmare -- a deal with the evil Democrats to get somebody, anybody, elected Speaker so they can get back to work.  If that happens, the screeching and cries of betrayal across the right-wing internet will be truly deafening, and peace in the House will have been bought at the price of even deeper Dolchsto├člegende-fueled infighting later on -- hopefully right in the middle of the 2016 election.

Oh, hell, I'm just going to relax and be vastly amused.  Yes, the situation is dangerous, but it's dangerous having these crazies anywhere near the levers of power at all, and we're getting inured to that.  If we couldn't let ourselves laugh at them, we'd go mad.


Blogger LadyAtheist said...

I'm getting to the point that I can't watch TV "news" about politics because it sounds too much like middle school gossip.

09 October, 2015 06:29  
Anonymous Ahab said...

You get bonus points for the Lawrence of Arabia reference.

09 October, 2015 18:25  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Lady A: Certainly understandable. If I didn't have the ability to laugh at it, it would be intolerable.

Glad to see you're still on the net.

Ahab: I was hoping people would spot that! Of course, I hope no one takes offense -- I certainly don't mean to imply that the Bedouins of 1915 were as primitive, cruel, and quarrelsome as the Republicans of 100 years later.

09 October, 2015 19:11  
Blogger Les Carpenter said...

With the nation's representative governing body in total dissent and the prospects of a mature and effective leader emerging from the ranks of what has become America's clown car slim to none, it seems prudent to stock up on beer and pretzels and enjoy the tragic comedy unfolding before us.

10 October, 2015 04:03  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Yep. Not much else we can do about it, anyway.

10 October, 2015 04:50  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Great analysis. The Stupid Party has transformed itself into The Stupid Chaos Party, and it looks like they need the Democrats to rescue them from themselves.

I hope the Democrats running for the presidency hammer home the fact that a party that cannot govern itself is not fit to govern a nation. That should have been frighteningly clear to everyone as we watched Trump and Carson take the lead in the polls. Trump, the know-nothing short-fingered vulgarian, and Carson, the confused "Sleepy the Dwarf" candidate a close second.

10 October, 2015 07:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I hope they do hammer it home. Too many voters who aren't paying attention fail to realize how much the dysfunction in Washington is the product of just one party's lunge into insanity. We all know who prone the ignorant are to lapse into "both sides do it" thinking.

10 October, 2015 10:41  
Blogger Les Carpenter said...

Blind trust in any party, any agenda, or anyone is foolish.

10 October, 2015 20:37  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

No one here has suggested blind trust in anything. We have pointed out that it's the Republicans, and only the Republicans, who are completely crazy.

Stop it with the non sequiturs and insinuations. They are willfully dishonest.

11 October, 2015 03:28  
Blogger Les Carpenter said...

My point is that power carries with it the very real danger of corruption and the abuse of power, regardless which party is in power.

Therefore a healthy skepticism of all parties is, in my view, prudent and it is why I will not belong to any party or vote party line.

It is true that the republican party has lost it, went stir crazy if you will, and it represents the greater threat to our civil liberties, social cohesiveness, environmental stability, religious freedom, and fiscal sanity among other thing.

There is no dishonesty, willful or otherwise. Quite the opposite.

11 October, 2015 06:37  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Any suggestion of any equivalence between the two parties is willfully dishonest. Period.

11 October, 2015 07:32  

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