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Michele, My Dumb Belle

I know I tend to oscillate on the issue of “purging” the GOP.  But that’s because I’m still thinking through where we need to go now that conservatism is in ruins as a political force.  Can we rebuild a big tent with the Religious Right and the big-government neocons?  Or is it time to smash everything to the ground and rebuild from scratch?

Up until recently, I favored the latter.  This was especially true because the “purges” were aimed at “RINOs” like John McCain—one of the few real conservatives in the Senate.  The big-government Religious Right didn’t want me and I didn’t want them.

But the game has changed over the last few months.  The Obama presidency—or more precisely, the unfettered Democratic Congress—is turning out worse than I’d thought.  For the moment, I’ll take votes against $17 trillion in debt from anyone.  That doesn’t mean I’m not going to punch when someone defends Bush’s record or unfairly attacks Obama or says something stupid (as you’ll see below).  But in purely practical terms, we need votes—even from the shitheads.

(I’ve been turning against “purges” for another reason.  I’ve realized that the biggest problem with the GOP over the last eight years had not been RINOs or the Religious Right, but leadership.  Reagan was able to get a conservative agenda through a mostly Democratic Congress.  He did this by controlling his own party and compromising with the Democrats without surrendering his principles.  Gingrich and Clinton were able to control spending with the same Congress that later went off the fiscal rails.  They did this through compromise and through Gingrich controlling his own party. A well-lead GOP could effectively oppose Obama’s worst policies, even with that asshole Arlen Specter as their 41st vote.  In the end, most politicians will follow any agenda as long as they can get re-elected.  The exact same Congress that went on a Bush-lead spending binge could have reigned in spending just as effectively.  But their leaders were uninterested, even after the 2006 thumping.  I’m still not convinced that their opposition to Obama is anything but pig-headed partisanship. But, at this stage, I’ll take what I can get.)

On the other hand ...

There are the occasional GOPers that I wouldn’t mind seeing on the next rocket to Pluto.  It’s not they are RINOs or that I’d rather have Democrats in their place.  It’s that any time they open their mouth, I want to hide under a table.  Rick Santorum was one.  Taking his place is House Court Jester and hand-picked crony of James Dobson, Michele Bachmann.  When not trying to figure out who is anti-American and who isn’t, she’s saying the dumbest things imaginable.  Here she is, telling us the global warming is fake because CO2 is natural.

Um, Michele?  Arsenic is natural too.  So is sulphur dioxide, sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid and blowfish poison.  In fact, water is about as natural as you can get, but thousands of people still drown in it.  There are many argument against global warming (and many more against liberal solutions to it), but “God made CO2” isn’t one of them.

Then there’s her latest and greatest—blaming Democrats for swine flu.  Because, you see, the last time Swine flu broke out was in 1976 when that famous Democrat—Gerald Fucking Ford—was President.  And since Obama is now President ... well, something.

I don’t want her purged from the GOP.  As repugnant as she is, we need her votes on certain issues.  But could someone please just stuff her into a closet and only let her out when we need a vote on something?  Every time she speaks, I can feel the GOP losing support in other states.

And will the residents of Minnesota please replace her in the next primary with someone less insane?  You fucking owe us, Minnesotans.  You’ve just about inflicted Al Franken on us.  You could easily find someone in her district with the same voting record and only 20% of the insanity.

Update: Today seems to be “Bash a Bachmann” day on the internet.  She was also denouncing FDR for the “Hoot-Smalley” tarriff act.  The real pain the ass?  She’s actually right.  Harding (not Coolidge) did respond successfully to a much sharper recession by rolling back government.  And Hoover’s (not FDR’s) Smoot-Hawley act was one of the most economically disastrous moves in American history.  But that salient point will be ignored by her mangling of history, reality and the English language.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/30/09 at 08:22 AM in Right Wing Assholes • Permalink


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