Blind Ambition at the Tea Party

Mitch McConnell had something astonishing to say to the National Journal over the weekend.  He told his interviewer that “retaking the government” was the only real priority of the Republican Party for the next two years.  That’s it.  Unaccountable power, or they take their toys and go home.  Without a trace of embarrassment, the grandmotherly slimeball said this: (emphasis mine…)

MCCONNELL: We need to be honest with the public. (CH:  That’d be a first….)  This election is about them, not us. ( By “us,” he means his own party, whose demented ideology happened to quite recently ruin the country…) And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”

NATIONAL JOURNAL: What’s the job?

MCCONNELL: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

Well, then.  Basically, the Republicans plan to force the federal government into complete inaction for years until the American people give them back what they bizarrely but inalterably believe to be their own property, all three branches of government, and if a lot of people suffer in the meantime, tough shit.  The half or more of the country that thinks, rightly, that Republicans can’t govern their way out of a wet paper bag can just pound sand; they have a tantrum to throw, and it isn’t over yet. This morning Joe Scarborough called McConnell’s uncharacteristically honest words “pathetic,” but that’s something of an understatement, to my mind.   The uber-patriots of the right are going to punish America for rejecting them, a strategy that would result in restraining orders, were this a relationship, but naturally has strong appeal to the creepy authoritarianism of their “base.”  That their base is made up of the crazy and/or senile, and the candidates they’re offering are often even worse, make McConnell’s statement a little alarming.

Here we have, as usual, a mainstream Republican, in this case in line to be Senate Majority Leader, unable to accept the normal power-sharing democracy entails;  all Democratic governments are de facto illegitimate for them, since their ideology is such a delicate hothouse flower that the rest of the plants must be removed for it to bloom.  This is not news, but saying so is.  McConnell no longer even attempts to defend his party’s record, nor does he deign to say what, if anything, their plans are for the future; since Bush, Republicans operate in a world where nothing, nothing, is about anything other than winning power, and once they do, it’s nobody’s business what they do, forever and ever, Amen.  In short, Republicans are right about everything before they even know what it is, and they’re relying on Americans to accept that, if not with evidence, then with boatloads of shady, anonymous money spent smearing Democrats.

McConnell is only the most prominent of Republicans this season to flatly refuse to offer any possible solution to the nation’s many Republican-caused problems except electing more Republicans, which obviously will be a disaster in the real world, but it isn’t the real world they care about.  Across the country, the few Republican candidates who even bother to speak to the media at all only do so in calculatedly disingenuous platitudes, all of which somehow end up involving taking everybody’s money and giving it to rich people, who will surely not waste it on fripperies.  They don’t care about much but they do seem to care about one thing:  fooling enough people that with the usual electoral shenanigans, crooked elections officers, racist appeals, and whatnot, they can manage to get to that crucial 50% plus one that enabled them and their rich cronies to plunder the country before so they can do so again, and this time they have a Supreme Court raring to go, if only they can get that danged Darkie out before any of the righties tip over.  For McConnell and his ilk, Rove’s Permanent Majority still twinkles on the horizon to this day, and they don’t care what it takes to get it.

McConnell is just fed up with this whole Democracy business, ever since his party got tossed out for being, well, SOCIOPATHIC ASSHOLES among other things, and his solution for this is to be the biggest sociopathic asshole on the planet, and get votes that way.  Not the greatest plan, but if you’re McConnell, what are you going to run on, your looks?

Vote Nov. 2.


  1. michlib says:

    And once they torpedo the Dept. of Education and eviscerate the public school system, a steady stream of dimwits will be ready to join the tea bagger ranks. Either vote rigging in Florida or Ohio, or if need be ” second amendment ” solutions per the Obtuse Angle, the GOP now resides in an asylum. When they find themselves in Galt’s Gulch and their precious guns are all they have, let them eat their guns !

  2. retzilian says:

    Well, they do have some plans, even if they are not stating them specificially. Word on the street is they want to privatize Social Security, if not completely right away, then incrementally. This is a sure thing. They also want to undo HCR, of course, and cut funding to any agencies that are involved in regultation – EPA, HUD, HHS, OSHA, etc. Even if that won’t really make a big difference in the budget, they are out to eviscerate the regulatory agencies.

    They are also very interested in war in Iran and will do what they can to drum up support for that. If they want war in Iran, they will have to institute the draft, because there are not enough volunteers to serve, period.

    They will fail at most of these policies, but who knows.

    They will also try to impeach Obama, but not for the right things.

  3. mikeinportc says:

    You forgot the 1st & 4th ( not that there’s much left of that one) . ;)

    • cocktailhag says:

      I guess I considered those passe’ already….. The first still is useful to whine over if you want to say racist things on TV and/or force other people to believe your kooky religion, and the 4th still quite useful to corporate and/or government criminals, but these two have atrophied from lack of use lately for the rest of us.

  4. The Heel says:

    Hey Tart,
    do you know this guy?

    Another cocktail hag in your back yard, looks like….