Can’t fight the seether

“Fuming” and “seething” are the new furrowed brow:

House conservatives were fuming Friday morning as the Republican conference voted on a deal President Donald Trump struck with Democrats to fund aid for Hurricane Harvey alongside measures to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling through mid-December.

Who cares? What are they going to do about it, other than whine to Glenn Thrush? Has there ever been administration that was this was this much complained about, by ostensibly powerful people, with so few repercussions?

There’s no action

Kind of funny that Trump does what Pelosi tells him but doesn’t give a fuck what Paul Ryan wants.

It makes sense, right? Pelosi’s the kind of House leader who takes away your committee assignments if you cross her. The worst thing Paul Ryan’s going to do to you is think angry thoughts about you while he’s rocking out to “Enter Sandman” during his P90X workout.

Now I’ve got a reason to be waiting

I find this strange. We learned recently that Trump begged the president of Mexico not to say that Mexico wouldn’t pay for the wall, yet Trump and his brownshirts are ready to force a shutdown over US government funding for said wall:

The wall is no metaphor to Trump. He will accept no substitutes to a huge, long, physical wall, which he believes his voters viscerally want. He told GOP Hill leaders in June he wants it to be 40 to 50 feet high and covered with solar panels. Hill Republicans privately mocked that idea, but some of those same people now recognize that Trump’s big, beautiful — and in their minds, ridiculous — wall could be the thing that brings the U.S. government to its knees.

Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust

Time was, you had one person write the music and another person write the lyrics and then another person sang the song. It worked well! Then the Beatles came along, and they did everything, and after that everyone had to do everything. That’s the thesis of an article I read in New York Times magazine 15 years ago, so it’s probably not true but I like the story.

Of course it’s more complicated than that because during the 80s and 90s sometimes you had one group of people sing the songs and then another group of better looking people dance on stage while pretending to sing the songs. That didn’t always work out quite so well, but now fortunately we have autotune so good-looking people can perform as musicians without fear of being unmasked as impostors.

In politics, if you look at successful bills like ACA, what happened was you had one group of policy people write the bill, then another group of people (Pelosi and Reid) round up the votes for the bill, and then a more charismatic, better-looking person (Obama) sell the bill to voters. Maybe it could have been written better and sold better but the goddamn thing passed for Christ’s sake.

That brings me to the topic of Paul Ryan. The media made Paul Ryan into the Beatles of politics. He writes the bills, runs the House that passes the bills, and is the pretty face (or what passes for a pretty face in a profession rightly described as “show business for ugly people”) that sells the bills to the public. He’s the mop-topped wonk that stole America’s heart.

But let’s think about what just happened. Paul Ryan wrote a bill that was panned by policy experts. He bizarrely chose to schedule the vote for the bill before he knew he had the votes. He did such a bang up job of selling the bill to the public that a whopping 18% of the public supported the bill. Even the pundits are on to him now.

At least Milli Vanilli could dance.

I’m the number one fan of the man from Tennessee

Paul Ryan is against working with Democrats:

“What I worry about, Norah (O’Donnell), is if we don’t do this, then he’ll just go work with Democrats to try to change Obamacare — and that’s hardly a conservative thing,” he said.

“If this Republican Congress allows the perfect to become the enemy of the good, I worry we’ll push the President to working with Democrats. He’s been suggesting that much.”

Who calls him out on this? Not the media which continues to see St. Paul as the serious, wonky bipartisan the country needs at this juncture, but a Republican Senator.

Not that I really love Corker, but that’s where we’re at: the media is holding Paul Ryan to a lower standard than elected Republican officials are.


Just another word for nothing left to lose

I’m not a fan of the Freedom Caucus, but let me get this straight: Paul Ryan writes a health care bill that only 17% of voters support (with 56% opposing), that is projected to cause 24 million people to lose health care, that calls from constituents oppose 35-to-1….and it’s all the fault of the Freedom Caucus that the piece of shit didn’t become law?

Paul Ryan, like conservatism itself, can never fail, he can only be failed.

It’s all over now