Attention, all you Emily Post trolls who need smelling salts after encountering the nasty vicious netroots:"Now, listen, I've voted 'present' two or three times in my entire 25-year political career, where there might have been a conflict of interest and I didn't feel like I should vote," Boehner said. "In Congress, we have a red button, a green button and a yellow button, alright. Green means 'yes,' red means 'no,' and yellow means you're a chicken shit. And the last thing we need in the White House, in the oval office, behind that big desk, is some chicken who wants to push this yellow button."That's right. John Boehner said Obama's a chicken shit.
And this is why, girls and boys, all talk about a less toxic political atmosphere with the current Republican party is sheer nonsense. Oh sure, Obama - if we are lucky enough to wake up Wed and find him elected - could find a spare Hagel lying around, or a Jim Leach to nail into his Cabinet,and that's probably a good idea in the long run. But the reality staring us straight in the face is that the leadership of the Republican party - and a huge GOP majority having influence in the party's ideological and strategic direction -have no interest in anything remotely resembling bipartisanship.
And neither does anyone I know personally who's supporting Obama. Not with these murderous, corrupt clowns. We want the extreme right and their agenda out of our national politics, driven back to the margins of American discourse where it belongs. Maybe someone out there truly yearns for a less nasty politics, but not me, not now. Not with extremists who call me "traitor," who have listed my friends as some of the 100 most dangerous people in America or placed them on terrorist watch lists, and who, from their seat as a US Representative pronounce a candidate for the American presidency a chicken shit.
Since I'm sure our resident rightwing friends will take what I just said out of context, let's be clear. I am not saying that a robust, vibrant, and bipartisan effort on serious issues will remain ipso facto impossible or is necessarily undesirable. Nor am I saying that Democrats and only Democrats always have the "right" answer to a problem - clearly they don't. I am saying, however, that it is absolutely impossible with the Republican party as it is now, and in its forseeable paleolithic palinized future, for Democrats to work together productively with the extremists at the top of (and throughout) the party except on the most circumscribed of issues. To get anything serious done, they will have to be fought. And that will not be pretty. I see no reason for Dems to back down and plenty of reasons to respond tit for tat, with interest.
You cannot "work with" the extreme right, but you can defeat them.
There's more. I've read the whole thing. Twice. And I have to say that Tristero captured my sentiments exactly.
The Republicon party is infested with religious fanatics, racists, ignoramuses, and chickenhawks. There's hardly a sane person left in the bunch. They've become a crowd of spoiled toddlers throwing shit and tantrums when they don't get their way. They have no idea what compromise is. They have no concept of working together for the greater good. They strut their bigotry and hate proudly, they've gotten away with far too much, and we cannot reward them now by treating them as equals in government. They are not. They had free reign for too many years, and we've seen what they've done to this country, bled and bankrupted it, destroyed our international standing and imperiled our future. And they'll keep right on smashing and grabbing until we put a stop to them.
This election needs to be a resounding refutation of them. But that's just the beginning. It's after the election that the real work begins.
The Cons need to be schooled in civility. They need to be educated. The fanatics need to be stripped of their power and tossed to the side. The few respectable Republicans left need to be brought forward so that they can rescue the party from the rabid ratfuckers who usurped it, but for the most part, it's going to be the Dems who will have to govern, without much input from the screaming rabble. When the Cons are ready to use their Big Boy voices, we'll be ready to listen. If they keep up the misbehaving, they need to be spanked. The adults need to get firm with them, or they'll never be fit for polite society.
In four years, or eight, or however long it takes for them to mature, then we can have genuine bipartisanship. We might even find a way to transcend political parties and do what's right for this country and the world. Someday. But we're in for a world of hurt if we believe someday is today.
They're not ready. They need a long time-out first. It's our duty as responsible adults to give it to them.