The box office figures are in and it’s clear that, despite rave reviews from all the right people, the Ryan plan just won’t play in Peoria. Republicans are going to have to spend the next 18 months defending their decision to try to end a wildly popular social program. Yes, our current crazed political/media dynamic many mean that this doesn’t amount to outright suicide; normally their asses would be dead as fucking fried chicken, but they happened to pull this shit while we’re in a transitional period. When seniors swarm Republican town hall meetings, they’ll be portrayed as angry America-haters — not patriots like the gun-toting, gubmint-scooter-riding Medicare recipients who shouted down Democratic Congressmen in August 2009 — but the overall effect will still be extremely negative for Republicans in Congress.
How did this come to pass? First, the GOP inexplicably decided to let a politically tone-deaf Randoid design its fiscal plan. Then it mistook the applause of innumerate Beltway sociopaths for public support.
Things are generally terrible for social democrats like me right now. There are no important liberal institutions, Roger Ailes has mastered the art of fleecing oldsters, the Supreme Court rulings have given our Galtian overlords free rein to anonymously propagandize. Even with all these disadvantages, we should be able to fend off the apocalypse for another two years, with the help of Paul Ryan and his fluffers.