Just simple lines intertwining

A wise man once asked “How far is all the way, and then if it stops, what’s stopping it, and what’s behind what’s stopping it?” Politically, debt default is all the way, House Republicans are what’s stopping the government, and the GOP base is what’s behind what’s stopping it.

For all the inane punditocratic discussions of how weak John Boehner is or how Obama needs to go golfing with Ted Cruz lies a central, simple reality: the GOP base is insane. I still don’t fully grasp what unites evangelicals and Randoids, but this is a pretty description of the basic dynamic:

[T]he kamikaze caucus, by seeking to block the president by any means necessary, is reflecting the back-to-the wall desperation evident among grassroots Republicans convinced that Obama and his urbanized, racially diverse supporters are transforming America into something unrecognizable. Although those voters are split over whether the current tactics will work, they are united in resisting any accommodation with Obama.

Veteran Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who has studied the two parties’ coalitions since the 1980s, recently conducted several focus groups with GOP voters that probed this passion. He concluded that the roaring sense of embattlement among the almost all-white tea party and evangelical Christian voters central to the GOP base draws on intertwined ideological, electoral, and racial fears.

These core conservative voters, Greenberg wrote recently, fear “that big government is meant to create rights and dependency and electoral support from mostly minorities who will reward the Democratic Party with their votes.” Much like Mitt Romney’s musings about the 47 percent, these voters see an ominous cycle of Democrats promising benefits “to increase dependency” among mostly minority voters who empower them to win elections and then provide yet more benefits (like a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally). Obama’s health care law looms to them as the tipping point toward a permanent Democratic advantage built on dependency and demographic change.

I understand that the Republican party rose to power by playing on southern white opposition to civil rights. It was a disgusting tactic, but it was the smart move, Nixon was always smarter. Doubling down on it with all the anti-gay marriage stuff in 2004 was stupid, and tripling down on it in 2010 was dumber still.

Give till it hurts. Others already are.

One of our own, Yatsuno, is currently furloughed with no idea if he’ll ever get paid for his forced time off.  A Republican (quelle surprise!) is holding up paying back pay to furloughed federal workers.  The family members of recently deceased US Servicemembers are not getting the compensation to which they are entitled by law.  The claims of thousands of military Veterans are on hold because the Veterans Benefits Administration, many of whom are claim-receiving Veterans themselves, have all been furloughed.  I, like hundreds of thousands of others, am working without pay.

People are being sacrificed on the teabagger altar of “I got mine so fuck off!”

I’m not asking you to give to food banks or hold funding drives for us.  While that’s nice, and I appreciate the impulse in those who’ve had it, I’m after a longer term solution.  I want to make the fuckers pay.  We can’t get rid of all of them.  My own state will continue to send brain-dead jackasses to Congress until judgement day.  But we can shrink their numbers to irrelevancy, or as close to it as possible.  Please consider supporting us by helping to rid the Congress of these “people.”

I know that others in our readership are suffering because of the shutdown and lockout of federal employees, or soon will.  Tell us about it in comments as well as give us anything you have on local Congressional races.

Goal Thermometer

Your typical city involved in a typical daydream

Principled Burkean moderates (via):

Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally.


“We are not going to ask for impeachment,” Conlon said. “We are coming whether they like it or not. We’re not asking for impeachment, we’re asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office.”

But remember that time a DailyKos commenter said Bush was a fascist? Pretty much the same as this.

Revealing tan line

Pretty sure he’s bluffing and that the so-called moderate Republicans will step in before this happens, but (via)…..

Pressed again and again by host George Stephanopoulos about whether he’d prefer default to bringing up a clean debt limit bill, Boehner didn’t flinch.

“I don’t want the United States to default on its debt,” he said. “But I’m not going to raise the debt limit without a serious conversation about dealing with problems that are driving the debt up. It would be irresponsible of me to do this.”

Any man with a microphone can tell you what he loves the most

I guess the plan is:

1. Jerk Ron Fournier off.


3. Profit.

Rand Paul on a mic he knew was hot:

“I’m all wired up here, um,” Senator McConnell replied.

“I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘We’re willing to compromise. ‘We’re willing to negotiate.’ I think… I don’t think they poll tested we won’t negotiate. I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again,” Paul said.

“Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publically [sic],” McConnell agreed.

Paul added, “I think if we keep saying ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we’re willing to compromise on this’, I think they can’t, we’re gonna, I think… well I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this I think.”

(h/t The Sailor)