“The majority of House Republicans already want to prevent a shutdown and a default. But there's a small group that insists on defunding Obamacare as an ultimatum, and they are not likely to be placated by a little government shutdown.”
How many analyses of what the Republicans are doing in the House have you read or heard that included assurances like the one above from the Atlantic’s Molly Ball that the majority of Republicans are sane, sensible, and willing to do the right and smart thing?
Look, if the majority was a majority and they voted to do the sane, sensible, right and smart thing, the supposedly sane, sensible, and smart Republicans would be joined by almost every Democrat and a clean CR with no mention of Obamacare and without another gratuitous assault on the rights and health of women would pass by something like 380 to 80 votes, and that “small group”, the Tea Party, would suffer a deserved and humiliating defeat.
But they haven’t voted to do the sane, sensible, right and smart thing. They didn’t do it last night. They don’t appear to be planning to do so next chance they get. So how is it they can be considered the majority?
Or to put it another way, how in God’s name are they any different from the Tea Party minority? How are they not the Tea Party?
The Republican Party isn’t this supposed majority. It is its supposed minority. It is a party of radical Right Wing reactionaries hellbent on destroying the federal government as a way of repealing not just Obamacare but the entire second half of the 20th Century and all of the 21st so far.
It is a party of middle-aged and old white men who’ve spent their entire adulthoods seething with resentment as their country has been “stolen” from them by blacks, by women, by gays, by liberals, by Them.
It is also a party of middle-aged and old white men and women who for the better part of thirty years have been coddled and flattered and bamboozled by their now former leaders and by the Media that’s coveted them as a market of suckers for their advertisers to exploit that they are the real Americans, they are jess folks, their perverted brand of Christianity is the true American religion, their hate-fueled, fear-driven, xenophobic, fetishistic tribalism is true patriotism, and their ignorance, anti-intellectualism, superstition, and reflexive rejection of anything like a fact that contradicts what they know to be true in their stony little hearts is good old American common sense.
This is a conservative country, they’ve been told over and over since the election of Ronald Reagan, despite polls that show it’s not really, and they’ve believed it, while the politicians and media shills doing the telling failed to notice that the word conservative doesn’t mean to these supposed conservatives what they think it means.
To the Radical Right, conservative means simply “us.” Liberal, moderate, whatever, means Them.
And now “we” are in charge of the Republican Party.
And “we” aren’t about to do the sane or the sensible or the smart or the “right” thing.
“We” are going to do what’s right by “us.”