The Widdershins

A little light please…

Posted on: October 1, 2013

Good day Widdershin friends. “May you live in interesting times,” is an ancient Chinese curse that seems to have particular resonance today. I’m writing this post on Monday afternoon, so let’s hope things have become a little less interesting overnight.

“The dog ate my homework.” “Officer, I came to a rolling stop.” “Lipstick? Oh that, there was an office Avon demonstration and it went horribly wrong.”

All plausible denials as if they hadn’t been heard before. All worthless diversions. All are excuses of the unimaginative. And most importantly, each affords a pretty good clue if anyone was wondering about truthfulness.

Likewise it appears the truthfulness of the “kamikaze caucus” of the House of Representatives is no longer in question. What we have witnessed over the last few days is not only a patent disregard for responsible governing, but also a front row demonstration of the fact “when a political party commits suicide it is indeed a messy event.”

Just add Republican caucus...

Just add Republican caucus…

If this spectacle was a Paula Deen cooking segment, the recipe would go something like this:

Large pot (really, really large pot)
Fill with cooking oil
Bring to a full, rolling, boil
Jump in

Receptionist of the House John Boehner has completely lost control of his caucus. He seems to be doing nothing more than taking messages from Ted Cruz, Jim DeMint, and the Heritage Action PAC. Their messages have translated into something pretty simple, “Keep Obamacare alive until 2014 as a campaign issue otherwise we will ‘primary’ you.” Jim DeMint is causing more trouble as a million-dollar-a-year enforcer for the Brothers Koch than he ever did in the Senate.

This whole mess is about the kamikaze caucus (about 40 Tea Partiers from gerrymandered districts) being able to run once more against the Affordable Care Act. Along the way, perhaps the Senate can be won as well. The hope? Essentially blocking any potential legislation for the remaining two years of the Obama Administration.

It seems as though Ted Cruz, the current flavor of the week in conservative circles, has heeded the message of the infotainment overlord, Jabba the Limbaugh. That message: No compromise because the conservative message represents the majority of Americans. Of course there is formidable evidence refuting such a claim, but as many headstones proclaim — formidable evidence is the last refuge of people who lack the ability to ignore facts.

The Limbaugh/Cruz/Koch/kamikaze caucus view is a simple one: People love, love, love the conservative view of the world, we just need to say it louder and with more conviction. A position not unlike a drowning man believing he will more easily float if only he had more water.

Obamacare remains the issue of choice for the Republicans in 2014. It worked for them in 2010 so in their dutiful aversion to thinking about anything new, ergo, it will work in 2014. As Chat often reminds us, “What could go wrong?”

What could go wrong is pretty simple and it begins today with the debut of Obamacare. If there are no locusts, if cows don’t run dry, if the Earth continues to spin on its axis, if the Kardashians still need to shave — the fear fulminated and forecasted for the past three years will carry the same weight as “the dog ate my homework.”

Monsters under the bed...Inevitably there will be glitches and problems with building out what is essentially an online insurance system, but if the world doesn’t come to an end and grandma doesn’t have a date with a death panel, the fear-mongering will have been for naught.

When you are told there are monsters lurking in the darkness everywhere, it takes very little light to dispel the fear. The fringe right’s smug, dazzling, self-proclaimed brilliance failed to recall that kamikazes didn’t fly in darkness — they only flew in the light of the day. Thirteen months of light around Obamacare should disperse the fear mongering quite nicely.

This is an open thread.


18 Responses to "A little light please…"

A little overnight update from the Washington Post:

Democrats will get some affirmation in that from this morning’s Quinnipiac poll. Obamacare posts its usual slight unpopularity, with 47 percent opposed and 45 percent approving.

But the public opposes shutting down the government to stop Obamacare by a 72-22 margin. And they oppose defaulting on the debt to stop Obamacare by a 62-27 margin.

Republicans have managed to put themselves on the wrong side of an unpopular bill — no mean trick.

That is one for the record books — the Republicans have found a way to put their hallmark issue under water by their signature overreaching. That is a rare and unique talent — sorta like a reverse Midas touch.

I’m sure there are “brain drizzling” sessions going on at the Heritage Foundation right now.

What a hot mess! We are none of us huge Obama fans and we all find Obamacare to be severely lacking. But, uhm… it is the law of the land. Passed by Congress, signed by the President, approved by the Supreme Court. I mean… it’s textbook. “I’m just a bill…” It’s all in that song. (Maybe Ted Cruz doesn’t know it because he’s Canadian.) Like it or not, it’s the law. There is nothing to discuss, negotiate or talk about. It has nothing to do with funding the government. And for a change there is no moral equivalency between the two parties. The GOP is completely at fault. The party at large can not or will not control their right-wing. For as long as they continue to enable them, it’s all the GOP’s fault. And maybe this really is the final, hysterical, desperate attempt by the Tea Party to be relevant? One can at least hope so. The death rattle of an abomination.

@2 DYB — amen to every word.

In the Twitterverse, there’s lots of talk about this being the last throes of the Tea Party — the kettle has run dry. The problem though is that until 2020 there won’t be any redistricting so there’s a certain contingent with whom we are stuck. With those 40-80 gerrymandered districts, they are so Republican centric, if the current Rep. is thrown out, the chances are the replacement will be even more conservodroid.

Fredster called me t say that he is having problems connecting, and will get here as soon as he figures this out.

@2 and 3: The really frightening thing is that the Repubs are making Obama look pretty good right about now.

Prolix @1, can’t argue with the numbers. They are always on the wrong side of the numbers. I am still pissed that 90% of Americans support closing background check loopholes and they managed to kill that.

Chat @5, EXACTLY! Here we have a loser of a president whose signature accomplishment is ACA (NOT Universal health care) and these guys have done nothing but gain him, sympathy and popularity. They are major failures.

Make that epic failures, Sophie.

@5: The GOP has been doing that for several years now, imho. Obama and the Democratic Party have failed us in many ways but the other side is still worse.

Sad but true, Beata.

Hey folks. I kept having trouble getting into the site today, was getting an error msg that kept saying the server reset the connection. I had just been into yahoo mail before that so I could not figure it out and just gave up.

Excellent post Prolix and great comments all around. I did catch something on Maddow’s show and now found links to the story. It seems our congress critters were having a snort or two or more while all the shutdown votes were going on.

What a bunch of douches!

Well Looks Like America Voted and the ACA is so popular with the uninsured that the site is overwhelmed. What is the end Game MR Speaker, Mr Cruz, et. al.? Now that it is live and looks like people like the only thing you have to fear is its expansion to Universal Healthcare Like Harry Reid Said.

Speakin of Reid….Wow Harry what happened to that Spineless Jelly Fish I came to Loath. Hope you can stand firm.

If Obama and the Dems cave – it’s over for them. It’s over for all of us.

And every time one of my Tea Party friends says some nonsense about Obama I actually have to defend him. And I hate defending him. But what they say is so beyond the pale that I have no choice. It’s infuriating!

I hear you loud and clear, DYB. I hate having toi defend his as well, but it has gotten to be way past ridiculous.
Also, RIP Tom Clancy.

@13 & 14: I hate defending Obama, too, but I do it. There is too much at stake now. This is about more than the ACA. We all know that.

been reading all the posts google can find me on the kamikaze caucus. only problem – no one’s naming names. who’s IN this evil cabal?

@16, welcome crossway, if you will jump over to today’s post, there’s a link to an excellent article by Ryan Lizza in “The New Yorker” identifying the 80 or so members of the kamikaze caucus.

well, the map was helpful. ‘twould be nice to get an actual list of names/districts, and the qualifications for the caucus – to have signed the ‘defund’ letter? white and red head scarves? love of sushi? or?…

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