Manic Monday: Happy Days Are Here Again?
Posted February 23, 2015on:
Good Monday, Widdershins. Mad is in the midst of a weather-travel-work snafu, so I’ll do my best to fill in with a quick post.
The Republicans are back in the driver’s seat, having garnered a number of congressional seats. There were also some eye-popping gubernatorial picks ups in true blue states such as Massachusetts and Maryland. With both hands firmly on the wheel, the Republican Party is now cruising full-tilt, and they just cannot wait to take us on the ride of a lifetime.
Mitch McConnell has already claimed that the economic progress is not really of an incremental nature over a multi-year period of time that featured his party doing everything possible to stymie progress at every possible juncture. Instead he views this as a sudden blast of consumer confidence which exploded with the knowledge that the Republican party has America’s backs. McConnell joins the likes of Jeb Bush in fretting that the middle class has been left out of the booming prosperity enjoyed by the 1%-ers. I know that I shall sleep better, secure in the knowledge that the Republican Party is going to take care of me.
The Republican all-stars in Congress will first need to do something – and quickly – about the DHS budget. All of those nightmarish cantaloupe-calved illegals will stream across the Rio Grande, and likely will have hordes of measles-infected ISIS warriors in tow. Of course, this will all be the Democrats’ fault, as they are obstructing the good and orderly progress for which the Repubs are famous. Damn the Democrats, anyway, especially the leadership. Further, we have learned from “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani, that the entire problem rests squarely at the foot of the President, who just does not love America. And worse, he has no leadership, or he would just go to Congress and get what he wants. Yep, just like that.
Oh, goody! A return to militant patriotism, as demonstrated so nobly by Dick Cheyney. Actually, the Mayor and the Veep have draft avoidance in common, both gentlemen having amassed a dizzying number of draft deferments. Seems that they were far too busy loving and serving America to actually provide the military service in wartime that they tout for everyone else. Further, I’m pressed to see how a law school graduate can, with a straight face, claim to know what is an another person’s mind or heart. That would be laughably inadmissible in any courtroom.
At any rate, Giuliani’s comments have been oft-discussed this week, and have brought forth an editorial in the Wall Street Journal in which he furiously backpedals, blaming any “misinterpretations” on his being “blunt”. To wit:
There has been no shortage of news coverage—and criticism—regarding comments I made about President Obama at a political gathering last week in New York. My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart. My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance. Let me explain.
There is quite an explanation, none of which makes a great deal of sense, that you can read from the link, and then he closes:
Over my years as mayor of New York City and as a federal prosecutor, I earned a certain reputation for being blunt. The thoughts I express, whether clearly or ambiguously, are my own and they are my individual responsibility. But whether you agree or not with what I said last week, I hope the intention behind those words can be the basis for a real conversation about national leadership and the importance of confidence and optimism in framing America’s way forward. I hope also that our president will start acting and speaking in a way that draws sharp, clear distinctions between us and those who threaten our way of life.
One man’s blunt is another’s rude. If this is a return to sanity, it’s a bumpy on-ramp. This is an open thread.
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