It’s Not So Bad

The results in the Senate are not, as many are proclaiming, a victory for the GOP establishment, but a big win for the Tea Party.  Yes, Karl Rove and Reince Preibus got them to don sheep’s clothing for the campaign, but they will govern as the wolves they are.  Take the issue of Personhood — that a fertilized egg has the same constitutional rights you and I do.  Cory Gardner, Thom Tillis, Tom Cotton, Steve Daines, and Joni Ernst all believe that.

On the one hand, you might see it as bad news to have more crazies in Congress.  And a Tea Party senator like Joni Ernst can do a lot more damage than a Tea Party congressman like retiring Michele Bachmann, since one of 100 is far more influential than one of 435.  But the good news is that these new senators aren’t going to shut up for the next six years (or even two) and will hurt the GOP with their extremist views.  They will be baggage for the 2016 presidential nominee.

Having Republican control — especially batshit Republican control — of both houses of Congress hurts their White House prospects.  Voters will pause before turning the entire government over to this GOP, you need someone who can at least veto the wingnut stuff.

So a GOP-controlled Congress helps the Dem presidential nominee.  The Dems also have a good chance of taking back the Senate in 2016.  They’ll have the young/minority voters who don’t bother to show up for mid-terms, and they’ll have seven states up that went GOP in 2010, but for Obama in 2008 and 2012 — New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

If the Dems win the White House in 2016 and take back the Senate, what then?  Not much.  Even a President Elizabeth Warren would have to face a GOP House, so a progressive agenda would be DOA.

Our best shot at actually getting stuff done?  That would be a Republican president with a Dem Congress.  The Dems will work with a Republican prez, the GOP won’t work with a Dem.


Watch Your Back, Reince

A little humor to distract us from the ISIS advance.

Former RNC chair Michael Steele and current chair Reince Preibus hate each other’s guts and constantly take pot shots at each other.  Preibus was Steele’s #2 at the RNC before he helped oust his boss and take his job in 2011, so you can see where Steele is coming from.  Last year, Steele classily referred to Preibus as “numb nuts.”

So now Steele is running around claiming “there’s a lot of interest” in almost former Majority Leader Eric Cantor, becoming RNC chair.

Yes, there’s definitely “a lot of interest” from Steele.

Another Term for Preibus?

Rrrrreince Preibus wants another term as chairman of the GOP.  You know, cause he’s done such a bang-up job helping them develop a brilliant message, find impressive candidates, and win elections.

Fine with me — give him the job for life.

But if I were with the GOP, I’d think he should be the guy running Mitt’s car elevator and mucking out Rafalca’s stall.


Quote of the Day

Reince Preibus, chairman of the RNC, on the failure of the GOP platform to allow abortions under any circumstances:

“This is the platform of the Republican Party.  It’s not the platform of Mitt Romney.”

Huh?  WTF?  That F is non-forcible, by the way.


Dirty Harry?

It got nasty on the Sunday talks shows today.

Reince Preibus, the RNC chair, called Harry Reid a “dirty liar” for his claim that a reliable Bain source told him that Mitt didn’t pay income taxes for ten years.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey “Butters” Graham said of Reid, “I think he is lying.”  Graham knows a lot about lying.  Just Google “Lindsey Graham, gay.”

The GOP knows Mitt is just a disaster for them.  Some of the outrage directed at Reid is just their own frustration for being stuck with Mitt the Millstone.


If You Support the Buffet Rule, You’re a Sinner!

I’m beyond seeing red, I’m seeing something that isn’t in the normal spectrum, I’m hallucinating with outrage.

I got a mass email from a GOP politician saying that the Buffett Rule (those earning $1 million a year  or more should pay 30% in taxes) isn’t about “fairness” as President Obama says.   Noooooooo, it’s about “envy,” and envy is one of the “Seven Deadly Sins.”

So he wants to muscle the Evangelical base into believing that if they support the Buffett Rule, they are not just making a political choice about taxes, they are sinners, and Jesus is weeping, and they are going to Hell.  He neglects to mention that greed is on that list as well.

The Mafia is more subtle than this!

Reince Preibus and other GOP Powers That Be, I voted for Bush in 2004, I voted for McCain in 2008 (despite the moron running with him), but you have lost me, and I doubt you’ll ever get me back.  And it’s not me, it’s you.

If people are dumb enough to buy this, and Mitt wins, then they get what they deserve.  The one percent will be laughing at them over their Long Island Iced Teas at the Maidstone Club for the next four years.

Reince Priebus, Classy Guy

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committe, called President Obama, “our own little Captain Schettino” on Face the Nation this morning.

Bob Schieffer, clearly taken aback, responded, “What did you just say?  What did you call President Obama?”

“I called him Captain Schettino. You know, the captain that fled the ship in Italy. That’s our own president, who’s fleeing the American people and not doing his job and running around the country and campaigning,” Priebus said.

Wait till November, Reince, when the American people flee the GOP.  Meanwhile, keep it classy, and don’t show any respect for the 17 people confirmed dead so far on the Costa Concordia, just use them to take cheap shots at the president.


Did Reince Preibus Confuse Obama with Cain?

Reince Preibus, head of the Republican National Committee, bizarrely said that Obama’s State of the Union reminded him of Saturday Night Live.  He must have meant Herman Cain’s Tea Party response, that was much more SNL.  Maybe he got them confused because, you know, they’re both black.

Reince Preibus himself reminds me of an SNL parody of an RNC chair.

The Republican primary debates remind me of Monty Python‘s Flying Circus.