Just a little photo of the big players in the latest CPAC meeting. Can you pick out Rush?
With all due respect to Frank Sinatra and his wonderful song, it correctly represents the state of the GOP these days.
Other images come to mind of course. How about a circle of rethugs with Elephant guns all shooting the GOP emblem standing in the middle of their circle. Bad shots don’t count of course, since they are sure to hit someone.
I think the clown metaphor is apt though. Most of us enjoyed the circus as kids and the GOP certainly represents a circus these days, with all three rings going at the same time.
The Democrats are having a fine time encouraging the fun. It’s become a game of “whose in charge” and as we predicted, they are eating their own once again.
It would appear that straw poll notwithstanding, the moderates (read somewhat rational beings) are in retreat. The Reactionary Right Evangelical Politicos ( read stark raving mad beings) are in seeming control. But the field is fluid, or muddy as you choose, so things may change. We of course are hoping, fingers crossed, toes crossed, eyes crossed, legs crossed, and all, that the latter group retains its wicked death grip on said Party.
Come to think of it, they do in fact resemble that oft told joke of blind men trying to describe an elephant. Each grasps a different part, and concludes something different. It seems the Grand Old Poopypants can’t figure out what it is today.
Whatever it is, it’s dropping like the proverbial rock in the polls. Each one spells more doom as people don’t trust ’em, don’t like ’em, and won’t vote for ’em. The moderates weep in shame, and even poor Billy, nobody is more neo-con than me, Kristol says old Rush is wrong.
Rush in the meantime rocks with laughter and continues to wow ’em in trailer-town America. You know the kind, folks with guns in the rack of their trucks, and waving the old Confederate colors in defiance. No matter that Rush’s numbers are in the 20’s and his negatives approach 50%. As long as 10 folks in Tennessee applaud, what’s to worry?
Some of Rush’s more intemperate remarks center around his desire to see Obama and his attempts to fix the economy fail. Course Rush covers this up with nice rhetoric that suggests that success for Obama means death to America. Oh sorry, that’s a radical Muslim chant, can’t use that.
Fine upstanding Rethugs to the likes of Michelle Malkin, Tom Delay, Rick Santorum, Rep. Mike Pense, and Rep. David Vitter nod in agreement. Michael Steele sorta tried to object.
Michael actually said that Rush was not the voice of the GOP, but an entertainer who was sometimes “ugly” in his rhetoric. Michael, “da man” is a case all to himself, as he clamors for the party to be more user friendly to the hip hop community.
This has caused one third of the national committee to ask him to resign. His bling bling rhetoric is offensive to horror of all horrors, black members, who find it unhelpful and a big turnoff. Although Mike had admonished Rush, this was quickly turned into an apology. The apology was bizarro too. Seems Michael is himself astounded at what comes out of his mouth, given as he says, that it is not at all what his brain is thinking.
And, he is not the only one. Seems that Rep. Phil Gingrey, and Gov. Mark Sanford, all found it better not to try to cross the Rush.
Meanwhile Rush rolls along his merry way. Jon Stewart, in commenting on Rush’s speech before CPAC, noted his black wardrobe choice. “Rush just wanted to color co-ordinate with his soul,” Stewart chortled. And indeed, it would seem so.
Just recently, the Limbaugh cheese turned his sites on Edward Kennedy. Commenting on the health care initiative Obama has pushed forward, Rushie, ever the compassionate one, said that “before it is over it will be called the Kennedy memorial bill.” No doubt a reference to Rush’s insensitive assumption that Kennedy will be dead before it passes into law.
Not to be outdone, Rep. Zack Wamp, (R. Tenn) added that health care is, oh shudder, just socialism and “class warfare.” He also added that health care was a privilege and not a right. MSNBC anchor, Tamron Hall, clearly taken aback, asked, ” So if you have cancer, it’s a privilege to get treatment?” He explained that half of the uninsured are so by choice, so for them it’s not a right.
There is so much wrong with such crap as this, one hardly knows where to start. Is it rational to think that ANYBODY chooses not the be covered? No they choose to eat, send their kids to college, pay off school loans, the car they need for transportation, and a million other things. They are forced to take the risk that they don’t get sick or injured while devoting funds to places that at this moment have to take precedence.
It’s all led Minnesota Gov. Tom Pawlenty to suggest that the party many not yet have bottomed out. But fixing it they are not as Matt Littman, writing for the Huffington Post, so aptly puts it. They are in fact trying to emulate the Democrats, not realizing that the Democrats have moved on to new strategies and ideas.
Meanwhile, the queen of the north, Sarah Palin is now being vilified by her “unfaithful right” because her Alaska supreme court nominee once sat the board of, gracious me, Planned Parenthood. I cannot begin to tell you how hated that organization is, by the way out of the world religious right.