If my memory serves me right it was just about a year and half ago that the Chattering Class ruled Scott Btown’s victory as proof-positive that the tide was turning against the Obama administration and that Republicans were resurgent. The Tea Party was brewing and bubbling and Brown presaged a “correction” after the 2008 Democratic victory.
OK. There was only one little wrinkle in this narrative. The Republican Party had been pretty much washed away with Katrina in 2005. It’s pretty damn difficult for something to be reborn in the afterlife. Once your head is cut off, yes, there can always be a few involuntary jerks (no pun intended) but that’s different than actual rebirth,
So here we are 18 months or so later and Democrat Kathy Kochul stages an upset victory in the very red NY 26th congressional district. And she didn’t win because the third party joker spoiled it for the Republicans. No. You can place the blame where it belongs: squarely on the shoulders of Rep, Paul Ryan and the House Republican zombies who unanimously endorsed a budget that would trash the single most popular universal entitlement program in America — Medicare.
The press baptized Ryan as a “grown-up” — presumably for having the courage to make Granny pay an extra eight grand year while his insurance company contributors and other millionaires got a renewed tax cut.
You can call it grown-up if you wish.
I call it plain stupid.
Stupidity born of ideological zealotry, of course. You know, like in the Soviet Union when central planners actually believed they knew how many millions of pairs of blue Oxfords to manufacture in one year.
That Ryan budget has become downright radioactive. And a few, I repeat, a few GOP Senators (including Brown) are now running from it. Mark my words: the overwhelming majority of the Republican senators (s0mewhere north of 42 or 45) are still gonna vote for it! Why? Because, Virginia, as I told you, the Republican Party died about 5 years ago and the surviving walking dead are, well, brain-dead.
They have no program. Only an ideology. And you can ask Breshnev, that’s rarely enough to get you through.
No accident that Hochul wins more or less the same time that the Republican Field of presidential candidates is collapsing before the campaign even gets underway. The other supposed “grown-ups” like Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour have decided not to run, precisely, because they know they would likely get their asses handed to them by Obama. That leaves Mr. Nobody Pawlenty, Tiffany-backed Newt Gingrich, the Godfather Pizza guy who didn’t know what the Palestinian right-to-return meant, and –waiting in the wings– the absolutely unelectable Mitt Romney (architect of Obamacare!).
None of this is to glorify the Democrats nor even to remotely suggest that they have much of a pulse either. But as we say around the poker table, you can’t beat nothin’ with nothin’.
The Democrats might be as much as narcoleptic but they do have Obama. And last time I looked, his numbers were floating above the 50% mark and were no less than soaring above his possible Republican rivals.
Ahh, but you say, with unemployment so high and the economy sputtering, he’s an easy mark. That’s true, in theory. The Democrats have a pretty weak hand. Indeed, the best they can show is Ace high. A single Ace in their hand. Obama.
But that beats the Jokers the GOP is holding.
On the conservative radio talk shows today I kept hearing the name Jeb Bush being desperately called out.
That’s just what America is clamoring for. Another Bush!