Posted on | July 14, 2011 | 56 Comments
Sincerity in Washington, D.C., is as rare as chastity in a whorehouse, and the secret to understanding what’s really going on is complete cynicism:
President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of a stormy debt-limit meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, a dramatic setback to the already shaky negotiations, according to GOP sources.
If you are taken in by such play-acting — “a dramatic setback”? Oh, no! — you are insufficiently cynical. All this drama is just hooplah for the chumps:
Lawmakers and the White House had what nearly every party is describing as a “tough” and “testy” meeting on the debt ceiling Wednesday afternoon, culminating in a stormy exchange between President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). . . .
At issue was Cantor’s repeated push to do a short-term resolution and Obama’s insistence that he would not accept one.
“Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people on this,” the president said, according to both Cantor and another attendee. “This process is confirming what the American people think is the worst about Washington: that everyone is more interested in posturing, political positioning, and protecting their base, than in resolving real problems.”
Cantor, speaking to reporters after the meeting, said that the president “abruptly” walked off after offering his scolding.
“I know why he lost his temper. He’s frustrated. We’re all frustrated,” the Virginia Republican said.
If you’re a hopeless rube, you might get the idea that Obama was JFK and this was the Cuban Missile Crisis. In fact, the outcome is pre-ordained — a bipartisan budget “compromise” on the debt-ceiling will be reached, somehow — and people who voted Republican last fall will wake up feeling sore and ashamed.
POH Diaries writes that there was “quite a bit of debate about whether or not Mitch McConnell was just trying to snooker Obama into ‘owning’ the debt or if he’s really planning on being a spineless capitulator like a lot of us feared.” But there’s nothing to debate: Mitch is a spineless capitulator.
Like Trent Lott and Bob Dole before him, Mitch is the Senate Republican leader, and the job of the Senate Republican leader is to make conservative voters say to themselves: “What the hell is the point in voting for those worthless RINO douchebags? Might as well stay home on Election Day!”
It is a fact of history that no one has ever tried to assassinate a Senate Republican leader — not even the wildest madman would bother wasting ammunition on such worthless creatures.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham conceded Wednesday that he and his fellow Republicans are now eating their own words as they try to convince the country they are working to stave off a federal default.
“Our problem is we made a big deal about this for three months. How many Republicans have been on TV saying, ‘I’m not going to raise the debt limit.’ You know, Mitch [McConnell] says, ‘I’m not going to raise the debt limit unless we talk about Medicare.’ And I’ve said I’m not going to raise the debt limit until we do something about spending and entitlements.’ So we’ve got nobody to blame but ourselves,” Graham told reporters after a GOP caucus lunch.
“We shouldn’t have said that if we didn’t mean it.”
What kind of fool expects Republican senators to mean what they say?
Let’s just hope someone will slip an earmark into the final bill to fund a grant from the National Institutes of Health for researchers to conduct a mental-health survey of South Carolina Republican voters. We need to prevent the spread of whatever dangerous insanity caused them to make Lindsey Graham a senator.
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