And that's the main problem we're having with Republicans, is that the reality they're living in is so fictitious that they really don't understand that this shit is for real. That's how it is that they can talk about "2nd Amendment Remedies" and the Secession of Texas, and then not understand why anyone finds such talk offensive.
Because they don't really mean it. It's all just a silly little drama for them, like professional wrestling, but less sweat. Sure, it's real. But it's just not "real" real.
Negotiating with Crazy
And it's obvious that at this point Boehner and the few sane-ish Republicans left in the party are sitting in the backseat, begging for the Tea Partiers to pull over and let them drive. But when they hear Obama say the same thing, that only makes them feel like they must be doing something right, so they put the pedal to the metal and drive even faster.
So what can Obama and the Democrats do, but swerve first, because they know the Republicans aren't bluffing. But for as much as many progressives fault Democrats for that, and insist that this has something to do with cowardice, the real strength of our opponents is that they really don't know what they're doing. Even their negotiating skills are laughable, but as long as they're holding America hostage, what choice do we have?
The real solution would be to have a sensible media that dutifully called out the Crazy before they took office. That's the answer. Now Obama's stuck dealing with the wackos that the "gatekeepers" didn't keep out. And yes, this is exactly why Obama agreed to extend the Bush taxcuts. It's not that he agreed with them or because he's a wimpy wimpwimp. It's because he knew he'd get a better deal in 2010 then he would in 2011. History seems to have born that out.
Again, these people aren't faking the ignorance. Congressional Republicans aren't pretending to be crazy as a negotiating tactic..It really is Mean Jean Schmidt and Michele Bachmann who are wielding great powers they don't understand. Normally, the party establishment would stash these bozos aside and only the ones who lasted a few elections would get any real power.
But the Republicans gave the Crazies the impression that the Crazies are the most important people in the world, and now they're acting accordingly. Crazy is as crazy does, and these people really are crazy...
|Dr. Paul at the Office|