These people are basically neo-Confederate insurrectionists. They are in
substantive rebellion against the early government of the country. And
one of the things I noticed — and it’s something that’s very common in
human beings — we all try to mollify or appease the crazy uncle at
Thanksgiving dinner. You know, “Don’t make a scene.” Well, I noticed in
the last few years of my service on the Hill that a number of Democrats
seemed to be afraid of Republicans. And Obama pretty much wasted his
first term trying to mollify them. I think he’s finally stumbled upon a
strategy that’s better: simply not give them what they demand. Because
this is a deliberate strategy to hold the government hostage.
It’s a long quote but a good one. Many of us have been calling the teanuts neo-Confederates for quite some time but it’s life-affirming to hear it from a former Republican insider. They’re conducting a cultural and fiscal Pickett’s charge that the MSM has no clue of how to cover. The whole thing’s irrational, which makes coming up with a solution very difficult indeed unless Speaker Boner falls on his sword and declares an open vote on a “clean” continuing resolution. It would be a good way to salvage his historical reputation and depart the Speakership with some dignity. That’s why it probably won’t happen.
I’ll let Mike Lofrgen have the last word with this pithy quote about Spray Tan John:
I’ve always regarded him [Boehner] as a typical country club Republican — and for
me, that’s not a criticism, that’s praise. He’s better than the
zealots. I would take Boehner drunk over Cruz sober.