Monday, August 5, 2013

TBGO: David Frum Twists His Pearls

David Frum long-time, "serious" apologist for all excesses Republican, has finally had enough. They've gone too far. He's had enough. They'd better not push him any further:
America desperately needs a responsible and compassionate alternative to the Obama administration’s path of bigger government at higher cost. And yet: This past summer, the GOP nearly forced America to the verge of default just to score a point in a budget debate. In the throes of the worst economic crisis since the Depression, Republican politicians demand massive budget cuts and shrug off the concerns of the unemployed. In the face of evidence of dwindling upward mobility and long-stagnating middle-class wages, my party’s economic ideas sometimes seem to have shrunk to just one: more tax cuts for the very highest earners.....

I can’t shrug off this flight from reality and responsibility as somebody else’s problem. I belonged to this movement; I helped to make the mess. People may very well say: Hey, wait a minute, didn’t you work in the George W. Bush administration that disappointed so many people in so many ways? What qualifies you to dispense advice to anybody else?...

The conservative shift to ever more extreme, ever more fantasy-based ideology has ominous real-world consequences for American society. The American system of government can’t work if the two sides wage all-out war upon each other: House, Senate, president, each has the power to thwart the others. In prior generations, the system evolved norms and habits to prevent this kind of stonewalling. For example: Theoretically, the party that holds the Senate could refuse to confirm any Cabinet nominees of a president of the other party. Yet until recently, this just “wasn’t done.” In fact, quite a lot of things that theoretically could be done just “weren’t done.” Now old inhibitions have given way. Things that weren’t done suddenly are done.
Woody thinks this is pretty much self-serving codswallop.
Bullshit, iow...
The question Frum asks is: When did the GOP lose their shit?
The answer is: The GOP lost their shit in 1992, when a trailer-trash,  philandering, pot-smoking
, ex-hippie, no-class, good-ol' boy, deep South Bubba--with the help of a big-eared carnival barker from Texas who was too wealthy to shut up or to BE shut up--ousted the reigning Brahmin, the annointed successor to the Great Communicator. THAT really stung.

They'd ALMOST lost it in '76, but Carter had at least been an officer in the Navy, and was an Academy grad. And STILL they cheated him out, by negotiating with the Mullahs to forestall the"October surprise."

But Clinton? He made 'em plumb, stone, raving crazy.
Early in Clenis' regime, there were open rumors of military insurreection. Senior officers were openly disrespectful. He didn't reprimand any of 'em, and revealed his weakness. And that weakness became the weakness of the whole political schema. There was a vacuum, and the Bosses' boyz filled it.

Ya see: The Federal State has always existed on a sort of "gentleman's agreement. There were no actual enforcement devices to prevent what the Oligarchz and Plutocratz, through their designated political satraps and avatars in Congress, the GOPhux, did. Which was just to refuse, any longer, to "play fair," and observe the "rules." There was never any way to prevent thugs from taking over if they decided to do so. And they did.

It was as if one team at a baseball game decided to start playing tackle and swinging bats at players, not just the ball: You couldn't STOP 'em...

And there's no way to dislodge 'em, as long as they have the leverage. And I do not see that diminishing any time soon. I think folks who predict Dim gains in the House must be on shrooms. I'm not convinced the Dims can hold the Senate. 

The conservotard "blowback" is barely even visible, yet. There's more to come.

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