House Republicans have gathered in Williamsburg, VA to retreat, regroup, and plot their next comeback. Politico reports that their most immediate goal is “to develop a consensus on how to battle President Barack Obama on the debt ceiling, government funding, and automatic spending cuts.” Former Vice Presidential Candidate and current House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Nutcase) is pushing for a short-term debt ceiling increase to avoid crisis while retaining leverage for the GOP. Ryan told reporters in a press conference:
“We have to also recognize the realities of divided government that we have … And so while we aspire to give the country a very specific and clear vision about what we think is the right way to go on the major big issues of the time, we have to at the same time recognize the divided government moment that we have and the fiscal deadlines that are approaching, what those involve and then how we’re going to proceed forward.’
Um, Paul Ryan? I’ve got some bad news for you. When your “vision” of Paradise is everyone else’s vision of Hell, you’ve got a serious problem.
The Republicans already HAVE given the country a “very specific and clear vision,” and the majority of Americans reject this vision as impractical, cruel, and morally repugnant. While we all know how horribly humanity’s experiments with communism turned out, most can relate to the appeal of Karl Marx‘s utopia of peace, plenty, and equality, even if they dismiss it as naive. It’s much harder to understand what inspires people’s ardent devotion to the GOP’s ideal of a Hobbesian dog-eat-dog world presided over by a wrathful Old Testament War God, where the strong prey on the weak, the rich steal from the poor, and their fictional heroes rape their love interests in lieu of courtship. In promoting social Darwinism while rejecting scientific Darwinism, today’s conservatives cast aside the most triumphantly transcendent aspects of both religion and science.
The ‘Grand Ole Party’ has a whole bunch of other serious problems, too:
(1) Despite Ryan’s cheery bravado and attempts to backpedal his party’s agenda, The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe writes about “growing angst” amongst Republican leaders that their divisions and unsustainable positions on the Fiscal Cliff, Debt Ceiling, and other issues may cause them to lose the house. Polls have already made it clear that voters will blame the GOP if another government shut down takes place. House Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole (R-Totally-Not-OK) told reporters that, “Majorities are elected to do things, and if they become dysfunctional, the American people will change what the majority is.”
(2) A recent Gallup Poll shows that the Democrats now have a five point lead with the American public, and — as reported by AI’s Liberal Lamp Post, millions of voters have fled from the GOP. Even worse, conservative-leaning pollster Rassmussen Reports finds that 63% of their remaining voters think the GOP is “out of touch.” That’s right — over half of voters who are registered Republicans feel alienated from their own party.
(3) AI writer Rika Christensen adds that Cole recently admitted to reporters that one third of House Republicans publicly voted against January’s Fiscal Cliff bill, even though they wanted it to pass and had lobbied in favor of it behind the scenes. In other words, the party has grown so toxic and dysfunctional that 80 out of the 244 GOP legislators in the House were too scared to do their job and voted “No” while hoping “Yes!”
(4) Back in April 2012 House Speaker John Boehner (R-Too Weepy and Orange) told Fox News that the Democrats had a ‘1-in-3’ chance of taking the House — despite all the heavily gerrymandered congressional districts in key swing states. Even though Think Progress‘ Ian Millhiser worries that the redistricting means that Democrats would have to win the popular vote by over 7% to take back the House, the Republicans are working over-time to make that happen. Perhaps Boehner was just trying to sound the alarms and mobilize the base, but it sounds possible that some of the GOP leadership may have harbored doubts, even then.
Here’s the video from Politico‘s live report at the GOP retreat:
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