Posted September 20, 2013on:
Morning Widdershin friends. Here’s to a grand and glorious Friday.
In talking about the tendency of the Tea Party caucus to always say, “No,” who said, “We could send monkeys to just push the red ‘No’ button?”
A. Jack Hanna
C. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) self-retired
In analogizing the Tea Party caucus to kamikaze pilots, what publication said, “It’s a practice that doesn’t turn out too well for the pilots?”
A. Mad Magazine
B. Drink More Saki Monthly
In explaining the downside of Republicans shutting down the government, who said, “We can’t be Custer?”
A. Sarah Palin when she stated, “Of course we can’t be ice cream!”
B. Donald Trump when he stated, “He’s a loser, Custer wore a toupee!”
C. Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
In explaining the depth of Sen. Ted Cruz’ self-serving, pandering, political cowardice, who said, “Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz?”
A. Ted Cruz’ gynecologist
B. Camel toe expert Kathy Griffin
So, in review: Mad, crazy things happen. Politicians sometimes say some very unlikely things, but one thing of which we can always be sure — when it comes to politics, there is always some underlying reason for the madness.
With that as a basis, let’s consider for a moment why the Republican Party, at all costs, would defend big insurance companies and at the same time do incalculable damage to the economy.
It just doesn’t make sense or does it?
The Daily Beast has surmised it’s because of the fundraising cottage industry that has sprung up around lesser known fringe Republicans. These are the good souls who are capitalizing on the adage, “The best way to separate a senior citizen from their social security check is fear and at the moment the best way to fulminate fear is Obamacare.”
While motives as bald as fundraising scams are nice, neat, and easy to understand, the real reasons are rarely as straightforward.
Here’s what I believe is going on. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and various conservative 501(c)(4)s, most notably the political arm of Jim DeMint’s Heritage Foundation, see Obamacare as the easiest, surest way to motivate the fringe base. It isn’t just motivating the fringe of the fringe for 2014, it’s about building a political infrastructure for 2016.
When asked what he did on his summer vacation, Cruz can tell about crisscrossing the country talking to the primordial base about killing Obamacare — talking to the most active and certainly the surest primary voters.
Cruz’ plan, underwritten by a half-million dollars from Jim DeMint’s Heritage Foundation’s PAC, is politically and strategically brilliant. Cruz knows there is no chance of the defunding plan to get a second gulp of air in the Senate.
He focused on Tea Party held House districts. He traveled and spoke to adoring audiences spewing a pabulum of fear and unrealistic expectations. From this little vacay exercise, he raised money, enthralled potential primary voters, expanded his mailing list, and most importantly said, “Republican establishment be damned.”
Cruz sees the Republican Party as just as much of an enemy to his grand scheme as the Democratic Party. He has managed to outwit John Boehner and the Republican House caucus into undertaking a political suicide mission or as the Wall Street Journal said, “Turned them into kamikaze pilots.”
Everyone — the business community, the establishment Republican orthodoxy, Karl Rove, Republican economists — everyone speaking about this strategy has said it is suicide, but yet it is the course of action acquiesced to by John Boehner Wednesday.
So let’s review, we have an ultra-fringe politician who really has no allegiance to anything other than his own id, is hell-bent on preventing 30 million Americans from gaining healthcare by sending the world’s economy into a global crisis while destroying his own party. The only possible political beneficiary — himself. As Chat often says, “What could go wrong?”
My friends, the next ten days could be a precursor to a reenactment of the 2008 financial meltdown. All for the edification of a politician who has a total of eight months as Senator.
One final review — where have we seen this type of behavior before? Watergate, Gov. Orval Faubus, Gov. George Wallace, and most notably Sen. Joseph McCarthy all come to mind. All examples of a strategy of obstruction and destruction for personal political gain.
After 8 months, Cruz is about to be cruising in some mighty rarefied historical company. Let’s hope the victim-hood he sows is only his and his alone.
Review over and this is an open thread.
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