Remember that famous GOP crackup that people keep predicting? I always thought that easy immigration would bring things to a head between social cons who loathe it and the chamber of commerce, who need it. Instead it turns out that the party will split at the seams between bugf*ck nutters in the rightroots, the House and a small but growing Senate colony and the shrinking number who still have a working phone line to the real world.
All that the crackpot crack-up needed was was a lose-lose scenario like the sequester ‘cliff’ where no sane person could say no to a compromise. McConnell and Boehner both know that their options only get worse if their caucus cannot even look like it is talking with the president in good faith. On the other hand, some X number of Boehner’s people just don’t give a damn. These guys have an idea of ceaseless struggle and ideological purity that would fit right in with any fill-in-the-blank that comes to mind when you think of government by crazy people. To them, and by ‘them’ I mean as much as anything the unaccountable rightwing media who tell the House loons and their constituents what to think, Boehner and McConnell are capitalist-roader counterrevolutionaries if they don’t stick close enough to the dictates of the nutroots. Party unity my ass and all that.
Take, for instance, Darrell Issa. Please.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is joining a growing number of Republicans trying to add more spending cuts to the last-minute fiscal cliff deal and send it back to the Senate, joked that Senators may have been drunk when they passed the measure in the early hours of Jan 1.
The drunk part was a joke of course. What stood out for me was when Issa put a finer point on it.
I was having a little fun with you, Wolf. The fact is, it was after midnight. It was a piece of legislation intended to be passable, not necessarily to be right.
All things considered, that ‘art of the possible’ thing had a pretty good run.