It’s hard to understand what Right Wingers think because they don’t think. They feel. They're proud of this. The closest they come to a coherent thought is like the slowly dissolving memory of a dream after it’s woken you up and all you can really remember is the dread and terror it caused. Basically, their politics are driven by nightmares. So I can’t tell exactly what they’re afraid Obamacare will specifically do to take away their liberty and bring down the nation. Probably something to do with ending their Medicare and giving all their money to them. But guns and gay marriage might be involved. Maybe abortion too. It’s no wonder they’re confused, though. Everything they’ve been told about Obamacare by the corporate stooges who run the Republican Party and their Right Wing media shills has been a lie. And among the biggest lies they’ve been told are that Obamacare would be the President’s “Waterloo” and that it can be repealed, defunded, or otherwise made to disappear to the President’s humiliation.
The moment the Affordable Health Care Act became the law of the land, Mitch McConnell and his fellow corporate water carriers knew they had only two chances to undo it. The Supreme Court could declare it or some of its key provisions unconstitutional. The GOP would take back the White House and the Senate in 2012.
The Right Winger faithful should have been able to figure out the problem here. In order to pass a law---or unpass one---you need the votes of the majority in both Houses of Congress. Even if you get those, you need the President to sign the law into law. If that doesn’t happen, if it gets vetoed, you need a two-thirds majority in both Houses to over-ride the veto. This is Schoolhouse Rock stuff. But I guess the aging baby boomers who make up the majority of the Right Wing base these days are too old to have watched and remembering back to their high school civics class is too taxing for their age-withered brains.
Very simply, the votes were never there. Not on the Supreme Court bench. Not in Congress. Not in the White House where all it takes is a majority of one. Not in the country at large.
But so what? As long as the lie kept the yahoos riled up and running to the polls to vote for the GOP, the lies were good and useful.
Here’s the thing.
For almost two generations, the corporatists and their flunkeys in the Republican Party leadership have been stoking the yahoos’ angers and fears and resentments, keeping them riled up and running to the polls, secure in their belief they could keep the yahoos in line, taking their money, winning office with their votes, and enjoying the power and privilege the money and the votes gave them, without the yahoos ever catching on to the fact that they were being gulled and used.
The corporatists forgot something. This is still a democracy. Power belongs to the side with the most votes. And slowly but surely the yahoos began to realize they had the votes.
They began electing themselves to office from town and school boards on up to the United States Senate. They voted themselves control of local Republican Party Committees.
The corporatists thought of the yahoos the way they think of everybody who isn’t rich, as employees.
The yahoos thought of themselves as citizens.
There aren’t enough yahoos to take control of the country and there are never going to be, simply because most of them are old and their grandchildren aren’t listening to them.
But there’s enough of them to take over the Republican Party.
And they’ve pretty much done it.
In 2012, the GOP’s best chance for winning the White House was to run a relatively moderate technocrat. They had one all set to go. But he couldn’t get nominated as a relatively moderate technocrat. He could only get nominated by turning himself into the political griffin Mitt Romney turned himself into, a pathetic monster with the wings and head of a Right Wing eagle and the spineless torso of a well-tailored owner of a chain of car dealerships.
Now Mitch McConnell faces a serious challenge from a Right Winger representing the angry yahoos who believed him when he said Obamacare would be the President’s Waterloo and now blame him for not being the Duke of Wellington.
And John Boehner begs for help from Democrats to save his speakership.
I believe this is what’s meant by reaping the whirlwind.
The party of the Christian Right just refuses to read their bibles.
For more Schadenfreude plus a little terror:
Charles Pierce: John Boehner’s cry for help
Steve Benen: John Boehner, Speaker in name only.
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