Two-time Pulitzer winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, sketched an appropriate cartoon the other day on the string of inept GOP brinksmanship showdowns. Yes, America is tired of it. Making a mess in the kitchen, and leaving it for the missus is not a path to domestic bliss.
Kowtowing to the Tea Terrorists, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) “led” his ‘Party of No’ on another sabotage raid on the American economy. They never learn.
The infamous sequester was never designed to be implemented. The across-the-board cuts were meant as an unthinkably draconian enforcement cudgel to make Congress actually agree on something, for once. Alas, at the behest of scorched-earth budget hawks House Majority Leader Eric “Wall Street” Cantor (R-Va.) and failed vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul “Mitt WHO?” Ryan (R-Wisc.), congressional conservatives threw the sequester wrench in the economic works, and adjourned to attempt to leave the mess for the President.
Speaker Boehner figures America is tired of him, so he sent his pop-pom girl, Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), out to “explain” the latest incident of inaction. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C. Granny) was probably busy patrolling the elevators to keep the ordinary staff working stiffs in their place. Boehner bellied up to the “read-my-lips, no new taxes” bar. Ask Daddy Bush how well that worked in 1992.
The sequester designed to mollify Republicans strikes hard at the Pentagon. In the last forty years playing in the political swamp, I learned early on that there were few Defense spending dollars Republicans didn’t like. I can only imagine the angered defense contractors’ irate phone calls to unanswered Capitol Hill office phones. Defense industry employees facing layoffs, who traditionally favor Republicans, can’t be thrilled either. Ignoring unpleasant phone calls is no way to make friends.
Mayhem exacted, Congress went home, to tell constituents who would listen that it’s all the President’s fault. Problem is, political mud-slinging requires the right amount of water in the mud to avoid wearing more than one throws. Righties haven’t mastered the mix.
Problem is, the President’s approval poll numbers far exceed Congress’ dismal ratings, which hover below unpleasant social diseases in popularity. There is a little wiggle room in the sequester, and the White House knows well which side of the bread gets the butter. In the last few election cycles, Republicans paid an increasing political price at polling booths, and 2014 doesn’t look any more promising.
Question is, how much more economic pain will the nation suffer from the Party of the Lincoln Navigator posh mega-SUV, before they relegate themselves to obscurity? The sky is not falling, but conservatives insist upon joining ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) at his Opus Dei self-flogathon.
Pyrrhic victories are not a winning strategy. How many more key voting blocs will conservatives lose?